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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

Privacy Perils: The Internet of Things

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of connected devices that are able to collect and share data using embedded sensors. Smart homes are an area where IoT is heavily used. For example, using your cell phone while in...more

Expert Opinions in the Age of the Internet of Things: “You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat”

by Wilson Elser on

In my September 2016 blog post, The Impact of the Smart Home Revolution on Product Liability and Fire Cause Determinations, I forecast that “dumb products made smart by connecting to the internet will present a new layer of...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

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Dec. 1st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 1, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a variety of distribution stories as well as a report on the latest rankings of the large hotel loyalty...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

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Autumn 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

First come, first served. That’s not the principle behind the clearance of Bitcoin transactions. Equally for other blockchain technology networks, the relevant factor to get a transaction on the next available block is not...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

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

FTC’s New COPPA Guidance on Recording Children’s Voices: Five Tips for App Developers and Toymakers to Comply

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission on October 23, 2017, provided guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) with respect to audio recordings of children. This comes as part of a wave of...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

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

Shrinking Damages with Smart Data

by Wilson Elser on

Recently, an elderly couple – who were both plaintiffs, one for personal injuries and the other for loss of consortium – gave testimony about their active lifestyle (outdoors and in the bedroom) before a slip-and-fall...more

Trump Proclaims October 2017 As Cybersecurity Awareness Month

by King & Spalding on

On September 30, 2017, President Trump signed a proclamation declaring October 2017 as “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.” This year marks the 14th iteration of the annual event, which is cosponsored by the National...more

[Webinar] Real Estate, Cybersecurity and The Internet of Things - October 10th, 12:00pm ET

by BakerHostetler on

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the digital landscape for business. An increasing number of physical items – from refrigerators and televisions to cars and skyscrapers – are now connected to the Internet (and...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Turn Attention to Cybersecurity

by Mintz Levin on

In the wake of growing concerns about data privacy and cyber threats, Massachusetts lawmakers are increasingly focused on evaluating and improving the state’s cybersecurity policies and information technology infrastructure....more

Passenger Car Tires Drive into the Internet of Things

by Wilson Elser on

As tire manufacturers enter the age of the Internet of Things, some are making smart tires equipped with sensors that allow the consumer to view information regarding the tire on applications downloaded to their smart phones....more

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by BakerHostetler on

Back in February, VIZIO, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of “smart” televisions, reached a $2.2 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the New Jersey attorney general’s office. The company had...more

FTC Schools “Smart” Toys with Updated COPPA Compliance Guidance

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated guidance document for complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). The revised guidance, released on June 21, 2017, explicitly identifies...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

Phishing Moves to SMiShing

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Phishing, the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) is something that we have...more

A Federal Cyber Security Law Coming Your Way?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Sens. Hatch and Markey introduced the “Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act” that would direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish a set of baseline voluntary best...more

Smart technology – patents

by Dentons on

With devices getting more advanced and our reliance on connectivity ever increasing, smart technology is a burgeoning space extending in all directions. Although there is little question that much of this space is patentable,...more

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