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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

Are Smart Watches Putting Kids’ Safety at Risk?

by Howard Ankin on

Smartwatches with internet-enabled GPS tracking devices can put children at risk due to security flaws, unreliable emergency features, and poor privacy protections. These devices can be easily hacked, enabling strangers with...more

HomeKit Vulnerability: One More Reason to Accept New iOS 11.2

Apple has pushed an update to iOS 11.2 to its users. Users should consider pushing any updates that are recommended by the manufacturer, as there is usually a reason behind the update, and many times it is to fix a...more

The Data Report Episode 25: Cybersecurity & Networked Devices

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Seven: The Internet of Things (Part II) In part two of the "Internet of Things," Litigation attorney Jay Ward explores how a single compromised device can threaten a system of devices interconnected via the internet....more

2018 Predictions in Privacy & Security

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Next year will be full of growing pains as both the public and private sector interpret, implement, and refine their efforts to comply with the GDPR. Large, multinational companies with a presence in the EU (and who are at...more

Pending Legislation Seeks to Secure Federal Government IoT

by Reed Smith on

A recent Senate bill is yet another signal of the federal government’s increasing focus on the security of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017, introduced by Senator Mark...more

The Internet of Toys: Legal and Privacy Issues with Connected Toys

by Dickinson Wright on

Most people have heard of the Internet of Things, or IoT. With the holidays fast approaching, and with the onslaught of new smart and Internet-connected smart toys, for parents and toy manufacturers, at least for the next few...more

UPDATE: It's a Bicycle, It's a Motorcycle, It's a Motor Vehicle...No, It's an Electric Bicycle - More states enacting specific...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On October 30, 2017, Michigan became the seventh state to adopt specific electric bicycle (“e-bike”) legislation joining Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, and Utah. States like Ohio, Wisconsin, and...more

Internet of Things Issues Guide

by Hogan Lovells on

Devices that formerly existed in only the physical world are now entering the digital world, and as a result, the Internet of Things (IOT) is here. Both familiar and unfamiliar objects are part of the IOT: toothbrushes...more

The Brave New World of In-Home Delivery Systems

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Retail giants Walmart and Amazon have recently announced new in-home and in-trunk delivery formats that could revolutionize the way we receive consumer goods, while also raising several potential legal issues....more

Technology in the Property Industry

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells hosted the Reading Real Estate Foundation Breakfast Forum (RREF*) on 17 November 2017. This year’s topic was: Technology in the Property Industry and provided digital food for thought from three key areas....more

Smart-Home Devices: The Ugly

The Ugly of Technology — Ransomware Technology is fundamentally good and helpful to us; but, like so many things in our modern world, there is the good…the bad…and the ugly. In October 2016, what might have been the largest...more

Companies today need to routinely assess their wireless network connectivity options related to their products and overall...

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Trey Hanbury talks about the need for wireless carriers to broaden their offerings to meet the demands of an increasing number of niche markets. At the same time,...more

Smart-Home Devices: Bad HAL

Internet of Things and Smart Homes - With about two billion do-this, do-that and do-the-other gadgets gaining space in big-box stores and online shopping carts – and another seven billion expected to flood the market by...more

Smart-Home Devices: The Good Stuff

Gadgets with Bluetooth technology, USB ports and wireless capabilities flood the market. Such specialized products adjust air-conditioners, play music and turn on lights. They also can tell whether a particular room in the...more

A CIO Budget Playbook for 2018

It’s that time of the year again, budget season. A time when organizations set priorities on how to strategically spend their money in 2018. In the information technology (IT) world this can be a daunting task for any CIO....more

Protecting Kids' Information Under the COPPA Cabana

In August 2017, Disney and three of its software developer vendors were sued in a class action in California in which it was alleged that Disney collected children’s information in violation of the Children's Online Privacy...more

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