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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

From the Mouths of Babes: FTC Issues COPPA Enforcement Policy Regarding Voice Recordings

by BakerHostetler on

On October 23, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new guidance on how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule may apply to audio recordings of children’s voices collected by websites and online...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

Children's Products and the "Internet of Things": Data Privacy Beyond COPPA

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In this internet age, "smart" children’s products—those that collect, transmit or store electronic data—are on the rise. By some estimates, the smart toy market will reach $11.3 billion in sales by 2020. Manufacturers of...more

IoT, spyware and privacy risks

by DLA Piper on

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables everyday objects – printers, thermostats, pacemakers, cars – to collect and exchange data over the Internet. Like other online data, IoT data can be mined, transformed and monetized....more

Hello, Dolly: What You Need to Know About Connected Smart Toys and Privacy

As connected devices become ubiquitous, it comes as no surprise that interactive toys that connect to the internet are more popular than ever. At the same time, regulators have taken note of the privacy and security concerns...more

Connecting the Dots: Key Developments and Best Practices for Evaluating Privacy and Security Risks in IoT Investments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The market for internet-connected devices (often referred to as the Internet of Things, or IoT) is growing rapidly. Investment in this burgeoning space can be attractive, and according to research firm IDC, the worldwide...more

Federal Trade Commission’s Uber Consent Agreement Designates Geolocation Information as Personal Information

by Williams Mullen on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently entered a Consent Agreement with Uber that includes “precise geolocation information” in the list of personal information that is to be protected. While the Consent Agreement only...more

Connected Cars: Internet of Things Webinar Update

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 26th, Hogan Lovells hosted another installment in its 2017 webinar series on emerging issues involving the Internet of Things (IoT). This webinar focused on potential legal issues with connected vehicles and smart...more

Teddy Bears and Toasters: A California Legislator’s Pitch to Protect People from their Gadgets

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Our houses and stores are getting smarter every day, with the addition of everything from “smart shelves” to track inventory to fridges you can peek into on an app on your phone if you’re at the grocery store and forget...more

Regulating the Internet of Toys

by McDermott Will & Emery on

New technologies and the expansion of the Internet of Things have allowed children of this generation to experience seamless interactive technologies through microphones, GPS devices, speech recognition, sensors, cameras and...more

FTC Reaffirms that IoT Devices Must Comply with COPPA

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) can be thought of as a group of different devices that can communicate with each other, perhaps over a network such as the internet. We have written extensively about many of the privacy...more

Three big questions about AI in financial services

by White & Case LLP on

To ride the rising wave of AI, financial services companies will have to navigate evolving standards, regulations and risk dynamics—particularly regarding data rights, algorithmic accountability and cybersecurity....more

New FTC Guidance on Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

by Morgan Lewis on

In May 2017, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) raising concerns about the security of data collected, transmitted, and/or stored by internet-connected products geared toward...more

The Toys Have Eyes (and Ears): FTC Updates COPPA Guidance for Internet of Things

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The FTC has updated its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) Six-Step Compliance Plan for Your Business “to reflect developments in the marketplace” – including the introduction of internet-connected toys and the...more

IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your “To Do” Lists

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its guidance on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA and the FTC’s related COPPA Rules establish guidelines to protect children under the age of 13...more

FTC Issues Update on COPPA

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a six-step compliance plan to assist businesses with compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). It provides clarity on who is covered by and must...more

Hey, Alexa: What’s New in Children’s Privacy?... FTC Updates COPPA Guidance

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Trying to keep pace with developments in internet-connected toys and other devices for children, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced June 21, 2017 that it has updated its guidance, a “Six-Step Compliance Plan for...more

It’s Not the Size That Matters, It’s What You Do With It: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

...We certainly have talked a lot about the impact of Big Data and the Internet of Things on this blog as new challenges presented to today’s attorneys, and they are, but challenges have always existed for attorneys in...more

California Bill Mandates Privacy By Design For IoT Devices

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Manufacturers of Internet-connected devices (better known as the Internet of Things) should be following a new California bill closely because it would create a mandate under California law that all IoT devices have built-in...more

IoT Device Maker Settles Class Claims for $3.75 Million

by BakerHostetler on

In one of the first Internet of Things (IoT) class action settlements, the maker of a Bluetooth-enabled personal vibrator agreed to settle privacy class claims for $3.75 million. The We-Vibe product allows a user to...more

Privacy Perils: Data Collection from Connected Devices

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

While the WikiLeaks CIA dump makes for interesting reading about our nation's capability to hack certain connected devices, it does not mean we are all being spied on while waiting for a microwave burrito. However, fanciful...more

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

"They Can't Do That To Our Pledges; Only We Can Do That To Our Pledges”: Admiral, Big Data, Privacy, and The Internet of Things

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Anyone who has ever bought insurance, resented the premium, contested a claim denial, or piled up hours and papers dealing with insurers would welcome anything that promised to lower their rates. Admiral, a British insurer...more

Internet of Things: Whose Data Is It Anyway?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is booming. Smart cars, wearable health trackers, connected medical devices, drones—entrepreneurs and evolving industry are connecting to the world in ways only science fiction writers imagined....more

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