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Following a cyber attack, IoT device manufacturers, data controllers, and sellers could face liability under the EU’s Product...

by Hogan Lovells on

Advancements in technology may provide consumers with a continuous stream of upgraded products, but they’re also proving that current security and privacy regulations fall short within the Internet of Things (IoT)....more

Privacy Tip #137 – Hacking Hotel Room Doors

As a frequent traveler, both personally and professionally, this bit of research unnerved me. Of course, it makes sense when you think about it, and none of us should be surprised, but it is a good reminder for those of us...more

FDA signals increasing focus on cybersecurity requirements

by Hogan Lovells on

With the continued explosion of software and software-controlled medical devices, including the growing use of machine learning and artificial intelligence, the FDA (the Agency) Medical Device Safety Action Plan (the Plan)...more

How to secure the right type of IP protection for wearable-technology products

by Hogan Lovells on

From wristbands that count your steps, to skin patches that measure your sun exposure, a wide range of products are entering the wearable-technology market and raising new questions about intellectual property (IP) claims and...more

Privacy Tip #135 – Cybersecurity Spring Cleaning Tips

Here’s a great idea offered by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Better Business Bureau: while you are doing your spring cleaning, don’t forget to do a digital spring cleaning too—that is, your computer, cellphone...more

Upcoming meeting signals the growing role of federal regulators over IoT and product safety

by Hogan Lovells on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will host a hearing on May 16, 2018 on potential safety hazards associated with internet-connected consumer products....more

CPSC Explores Safety Hazards in 'Internet of Things' Products

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that it will hold a hearing on May 16 to receive information on potential hazards concerning Internet of Things (IoT) products. The CPSC also is accepting...more

Data Security Litigation: CPSC to Hold Hearing on The Internet of Things and Consumer Product Hazards

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that it will hold a hearing on May 16, 2018, to receive information on potential hazards with Internet of Things (IoT) products....more

Alexa.......What is HIPAA?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The increased use of technology by health care providers requires new and innovative platforms to provide better services to patients. One platform that has garnered attention since its introduction in mid-2014 is Amazon’s...more

Artificial Intelligence and your business: A guide for navigating the legal, policy, commercial, and strategic challenges ahead

by Hogan Lovells on

Virtually all industries are being reshaped with the use of Artificial Intelligence and advanced machine-learning. Everything from healthtech to self-driving vehicles, to education and smart homes, drones and space, social...more

Connecting the Dots Between Security Practices and Legal Obligations: California’s Connected Devices Bill

by BakerHostetler on

Turning on the lights, hearing the weather forecast, learning fun facts, and playing your favorite song in the kitchen are simple when one can give short voice commands to a personal assistant device that is connected to the...more

Blockchain Digital Assets in Virtual Reality, Video Games and eSports – Ready Lawyer One?

Virtual worlds similar to the OASIS in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film Ready Player One may be closer than we think – and provably scarce, blockchain-based digital assets could provide the leap forward that gets us there....more

CPSC to Hear About the Safety Consequences If a Smart Device Isn’t So Smart

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Manufacture, import, or sell a connected device? In addition to the potential hazards associated with the physical performance of the product, you also need to consider the potential hazards associated with the product’s...more

FTC Explains Evolution of COPPA in Live Twitter Chat

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 6, 2018, the FTC hosted a live Twitter chat to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)....more

Best practices for managing cybersecurity risks related to IoT-connected medical devices

by Hogan Lovells on

Connected medical devices deliver numerous benefits not available before, including improved monitoring of patient welfare and a wealth of vital data. But for all the advantages available through these devices, their...more

IoT Security Risks Widespread

According to bloggers on techtarget.com, security risks around IoT continue to be problematic, and a new free guide, “The Developer’s Guide to IoT” has been published specifically for IoT device developers, which is a welcome...more

Child’s Play: VTech Settles FTC Lawsuit Over Data Security in Connected Toys

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On January 8, 2018, the FTC announced that VTech, maker of electronic toys for children, agreed to settle charges that it violated the law by collecting personal information without parental consent....more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – Bots, Bots and More Bots

Bots get purged, bots hijack the IoT, bots come to your emotional rescue and more! (There is some non-bot news, as well.) Burger King goes political (and viral) with a video weighing in on the debate over Net Neutrality. ...more

5 Takeaways from the FTC’s First COPPA Settlement Over Internet-Connected Toys

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission on Jan. 8 announced its first settlement of alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act arising from internet-connected toys. The FTC complaint against VTech followed the...more

Toying With Children’s Data: Lessons From the FTC’s First Connected Toys Settlement Action

by BakerHostetler on

Every year, especially around the holidays, more and more products that connect to the internet hit the market. For adults, connected home devices that act like personal domestic assistants have become increasingly popular....more

Post-market medical devices, cybersecurity, and the U.S. FDA’s growing concerns

by Hogan Lovells on

From insulin pumps and pacemakers to defibrillators, medical devices increasingly rely on wireless and internet connectivity for efficient operations. Unfortunately, these interconnections also leave devices vulnerable to an...more

FTC Brings First-Ever “Connected” Toys Privacy and Data Security Case; US, Canada, and Hong Kong Privacy Regulators Coordinate...

by WilmerHale on

On January 8, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought its first-ever privacy and data security case involving Internet-connected toys. VTech Electronics Limited and its US subsidiary (VTech), maker of...more

Privacy Tip #120 – Follow FBI Warning About Connected Toys

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning to parents in the past about the concerns with connected toys. Many parents recently bought the newest gadgets for their kids over the holidays, without realizing the...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Now is the Busy Season for Cyber Criminals Posing as Executives to Obtain W-2s - It’s the start of tax season, and many employers are sending W-2 forms to employees so they can get ready to file their tax returns. As was...more

The Data Report Episode 26: The Internet of Things for Business

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Seven: The Internet of Things (Part III) In this episode of The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses what the Internet of Things means for businesses. He speaks about how companies can incorporate and...more

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