When Cars Talk to Each Other, Will Driver Privacy Suffer?

Your privacy interest in the data collected by your car may seem like an abstract issue. After all, we typically think of such data being stored, if at all, within the vehicle itself. But what about when cars begin shouting their identifying information to the world? That’s exactly what’s about to start happening. In December […]

Privacy Regulators Are Zeroing in on the Internet of Things

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September 22, 2016

Privacy regulators across the globe are beginning to realize what the industry has known for a long time: IoT devices are woefully insecure. It can only be a matter of time before enforcement agencies introduce tough new requirements for data security and disclosures. Companies that fail to anticipate these developments will find themselves at a sever disadvantage.

Privacy and Connected Cars

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being a panelist at the Automated Vehicles Symposium 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our topic was “Privacy Issues Unique to Automated Vehicles,” though there was a lot of discussion about all degrees of “connected cars”–not just the “autonomous” kind. To put that topic in context, I surveyed […]

From the Archives: Common Law Invasion of Privacy Claims in Social Media

This article was originally published on July 2, 2013, and remains one of the most popular articles in this blog’s history.  It principally authored by Adrean S. Taylor, a student at the University of Michigan Law School and a 2013 summer associate at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. The overall issue for courts addressing common […]

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

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, […]

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

“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 […]

Augmented & Wearable Solutions to IoT Privacy Concerns

Government regulators are only beginning to draw lines of privacy around data accumulated by the Internet of Things–that emerging collection of installed and wearable networked devices that were featured so prominently at CES 2014. But could these same devices end up being part of the privacy solution? In September 2013, the FTC took its first […]

10 Reasons NOT to “Declare” Your Copyrights and Privacy on Facebook

Facebook has been overrun over the past few days with users’ “declarations” about their supposed copyright and privacy rights.  Dozens of my own Facebook friends have re-posted the same message, and others are wondering aloud if this is something they need to be doing, too.  So do these boilerplate declarations accomplish anything, other than fueling […]

Invading Privacy With Wearable Video Recorders and AR Eyewear

 We are entering an era where personal, wearable video recording devices are about to become ubiquitous.  It’s already a given that surveillance cameras are everywhere in modern-day public life, from stores to gas stations to street corners to traffic lights.  Those are so small as to be barely visible anymore, and we rarely even think […]

White House and Advertisers Announce New Consumer Privacy Standards

This is shaping up to be the year when we might finally see the emergence of a comprehensive set of principles to govern privacy issues online.  (Who would’ve thought?) On February 23, 2012, the White House announced what it calls a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.”  President Obama calls it a “blueprint” that will help […]