ABA Section of Science and Technology Law
The Internet of Things (IOT) is defined as billions of vehicles, buildings, process control devices, wearables, medical devices, drones, consumer/business products, mobile phones, tablets, and other “smart” objects that are wirelessly connecting to and communicating with each other. This new top law practice area is raising unprecedented legal and liability issues.
As one of the most transformative and fast-paced technology developments in recent years, IoT will require businesses, policymakers, and lawyers (M&A, IP, competition, litigation, health law, IT/outsourcing, and privacy/cybersecurity) to identify and address the escalating legal risks of doing business in a connected world.
Morrison & Foerster’s Robert S. Litt will speak on the “Data, Data, Everywhere: Navigating IoT Privacy Issues” session on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:00PM. We live in a connected world, where objects and buildings can track information about everyone 24/7. It’s data, data everywhere, without a chance to think… especially about the privacy implications of such hidden powers. But smart businesses must think about, and address, the data protection issues raised by “smart" appliances, wearables, medical devices, warehouses, cars, and cities. What data is being collected, how will the data be used and protected, what kinds of notices/agreements come into play, what laws govern the data, and what are the rights of data subjects (that is, real people)? Such data is key to the bottom line, as it helps to improve products and services and also becomes a valuable commodity to be compiled, combined, analyzed, packaged, and sold. This has not gone unnoticed by the FTC, NIST, and others worldwide (e.g., EU). This panel will provide perspectives on ways to work smarter in navigating ever-changing IoT privacy issues.