Top 5 Legal Issues in the Internet of Things, Part 5: Physical Safety

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In this series of articles on the Internet of Things, we’ve examined two ways in which IoT devices can be intentionally abused (data security, invasion of privacy), and two systemic limitations that could impede the IoT’s growth (bandwidth overload and lack of interoperability between copyrighted software).  The final topic I will address in this series–physical[…]

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Top 5 Legal Issues in the Internet of Things, Part 4: Copyright

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Imagine a world in which each box of Lego® bricks you buy is a standalone toy–unable to combine with the bricks from any other set. That, of course, is the opposite of the real world. As was brilliantly depicted in 2014’s Lego Movie, actual kids exercise their creativity by combining the bricks from every set[…]

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Top 5 Legal Issues in the Internet of Things, Part 3: Bandwidth

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Over the past two weeks. I’ve written about the privacy implications of the Internet of Things (IoT), with respect to both data security and surreptitious collection of information. Today we consider a more mundane, but no less practical, aspect of the IoT explosion: bandwidth. Consider this: Cisco IBSG predicts there will be 25 billion devices connected to the[…]

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Top 5 Legal Issues in the Internet of Things, Part 2: Data Collection and Invasion of Privacy

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Last week I wrote about the incredibly lax privacy protections used in most Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and how vulnerable they are to hacking. Users are allowing more and more of their health, commercial, and other data to be stored in IoT devices, and the potential of the data being hacked into and misused is ever-present. A closely related,[…]

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Top 5 Legal Issues in the Internet of Things, Part 1: Data Security & Privacy

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“The Internet of Things” (or IoT) is an increasingly popular shorthand term for the emerging arrangement of physical devices (other than what we’d typically think of as “computers”) that come equipped with wireless internet connectivity. Examples include smart thermostats, smart doorbells, smart refrigerators, smart cars–pretty much anything that marketers feel the need to insert the prefix “smart” in[…]

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Introducing the World’s First Book on Augmented Reality Law!

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After many months of work, I’m pleased to announce that Augmented Reality Law, Privacy, and Ethics is now available from Elsevier. This 360-page book incorporates and updates the analysis I’ve been publishing in this Augmented Legality® blog for the past four years, and expands the discussion into new subjects not previously covered. <br /> This table of contents[…]

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Reciprocal Veillance – Seeing Who’s Seeing You

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Augmented reality could make one of the most meaningful contributions to personal privacy ever invented by allowing individuals to visualize how they’re being watched. This week I had the wonderful privilege of learning from, and tinkering with, the person on the forefront of making that happen: Dr. Steve Mann (with whom I recently collaborated on an[…]

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Michigan Court Adopts “No Harm, No Foul” Standard for Data Breaches

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Unintended releases of personal information stored on company servers are among the most talked-about and litigated issues in technology law over the past few years. Because privacy is primarily an matter of state, rather than federal, law, however, the standards for evaluating these claims vary widely. Now my home state of Michigan has entered the debate by[…]

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My Top Posts in 2014

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Not wanting to miss the bandwagon of year-end blogging, I present the following list of my most popular posts in 2014. The one you liked best from this year was Augmented Reality Gamer Detained By Police, which detailed the first reported (by someone else) instance of police finding an AR gamer’s activities sufficiently suspicious to warrant temporary detention. I[…]

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An “Open Carry” Movement for Wearable Cameras?

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Forbes recently published an opinion piece that I co-authored with Dr. Steve Mann, who founded the MIT Wearable Computing Lab and is widely known as the father of wearable computing. Titled “Body Cameras For Police Officers; What About For Ordinary Citizens?,” our thesis is that body-worn cameras for police officers are only half the solution[…]

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