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Data Breach Involving CloudPets “Smart” Toys Raises Internet-of-Things Security Concerns

On February 27, 2017, news reports disclosed a major security breach involving Spiral Toys, the seller of the CloudPets brand of internet-connected stuffed animals. The Bluetooth-connected CloudPets toys allow users to...more

Regulate Frankenstein: the European Parliament calls for new rules for robots

by Hogan Lovells on

When a parliamentary report cites Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in its recitals and proposes new regulation for robots with artificial intelligence (“AI”), one cannot be sure whether the 19th or the 21st century has inspired...more

NTIA Highlights Promise and Policy Challenges of IoT, Seeks Additional Comments

by Hogan Lovells on

On January 12, 2017, prior to the new administration taking power, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce (Department) released a Green Paper on “Fostering the...more

FTC Case Will Test Its Power in IoT Space

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against an internet of things (IoT) device manufacturer in the Northern District of California is a significant development in the IoT space and data security law. The...more

Privacy and Data Security: 2017 Year in Preview

by Polsinelli on

Few issues keep executives awake at night more than Privacy and Data Security. New regulations and threats alike are plentiful, varied, and evolving. The rate of change for cybersecurity and information governance continues...more

Cold but exhilarating in Davos

by Hogan Lovells on

We're just back from our second visit to the Davos 'fringe' with Innovate Finance and several FinTech momentum players. Numerous events and discussions on a wide range of topics take place alongside the main World Economic...more

Things Manufacturers Should Be Watching In 2017 In The Areas of Corporate Compliance / Litigation

As is our annual tradition, this is the first in a series of posts that provide industry and legal outlooks for manufacturers as we head into 2017. I will start with corporate compliance and litigation. Matt will follow...more

Three examples of blockchain smart contracts – Internet of Things, commercial paper and daos

by Hogan Lovells on

For thousands of years, society has recorded information in ledgers, ranging from clay tablets, books through to cloud based computer systems. Despite the advance of technology, all of these ledgers have effectively been...more

2017: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

The beginning of a new year is a time for resolutions and predictions. We won’t bother Socially Aware readers with our resolutions for 2017, but we thought that we would share some predictions for the new year from our...more

On the Grid: Blockchain May Create New Possibilities for Grid Enhancements and Energy IoT Applications

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Just as blockchain technology has allowed for the tracking and authentication of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions, it could similarly mediate transactions in energy units. Blockchain technology — once...more

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Takes Center Stage At FBI, DHS, NIST and Congress

by Dentons on

On October 21, 2016, a domain name service host and internet management company experienced at least two waves of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that impacted at least 80 websites, including those belonging to...more

Understanding the DNS Attacks: Convenience v Security

How Did This Attack Happen? While the attack is still under investigation, initial reports indicate that it was part of a genre of DDoS that infects Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as webcams, DVRs, routers, smart TVs,...more

Autonomous Vehicles and the Internet of Things

by LeClairRyan on

This is our second post in a row regarding autonomous vehicles, otherwise referred to as driverless cars. As we noted last week, driverless cars are no longer an idea of the future or science-fiction. Very soon they will...more

DOT Issues Proposed Cybersecurity Guidance to Automotive Industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Vehicle-related cyber incidents could have devastating and deadly effects, particularly as cars and trucks become more highly automated and rely more heavily on wireless technologies. To combat this threat, the U.S....more

DOT Shifts Into Gear on Self-Driving Cars and Issues New Automated Vehicles Policy

by Perkins Coie on

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a comprehensive policy on “automated vehicles,” more commonly known as self-driving cars. Part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA is the...more

The Impact of the Smart Home Revolution on Product Liability and Fire Cause Determinations

by Wilson Elser on

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has existed for more than 15 years. Technology pioneer Kevin Ashton is widely credited with coining the term in 1999 to describe the connection of physical objects to the internet...more

New FCC and Administration Initiatives Adopted to Support the Internet of Things

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Communications Commission and the Obama administration recently adopted several important initiatives to facilitate innovation in and rapid deployment of the nascent Internet of Things (IoT). The FCC identified...more

[Webinar] The Internet of Things: Legal Risks in a Connected World- August 31st, 1:00pm CST

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Join Richard Martinez, Partner and Chair of the Privacy and Cyber Security Litigation Group; Kerry Childe, Sr. Corporate Counsel, Privacy and Information Policy, Best Buy; and Ari Lukoff, Associate, Intellectual Property and...more

Manatt Digital - July 2016

A message from our Chair: We are pleased to bring you this month's newsletter as the first edition under our new brand—"Manatt Digital." Our new name, which replaces Manatt Digital Media, is reflective of our...more

[Event] 2015 FOLEYTech Summit - October 1, Boston, MA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Please join us for the 2015 FOLEYTech Summit. In its 11th year, the FOLEYTech Summit continues to offer the top-notch industry insight and compelling speakers you have come to expect from Foley & Lardner LLP, while embracing...more

Internet of Things – What does it mean for business?

by K&L Gates LLP on

What is the Internet of Things? The 'Internet of Things' (IoT) is a catchphrase describing the increasing interconnectedness between smart devices and sensors facilitated through their connection to the internet. It's not a...more

Toward a Grand Unifying Theory of Today’s Tech Trends

As a technology law blogger and co-editor of Socially Aware, I monitor emerging developments in information technology. What’s hot in IT today? Any shortlist would have to include social media, mobile, wearable technology,...more

The Ever-Expanding Scope of Social Media Discovery [Video]

Social media discovery is now commonplace within civil litigation, with Facebook continuing to be a primary source of potentially-discoverable information. As technology continues to advance, though, the judicial system is...more

IoT in the E-Commerce sector faces legal hurdles

by DLA Piper on

Internet of Things devices are modifying the path-to-purchase as we know it allowing consumers to instantly re-order everyday products with one click or one tap. How does this affect businesses in complying with the current...more

FTC Announces Office of Technology Research and Investigation

by DLA Piper on

This week the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection announced a new office to bolster the technological expertise of the Bureau and the FTC regional offices handling law enforcement investigations. ...more

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