Appeals Court Upholds Federal Trade Commission’s New Role as Privacy Cop

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit—FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation—may prove to be a watershed moment for the development of federal privacy law. The Federal Trade Commission is an executive agency charged with taking action against “unfair” trade practices. In the absence of a coordinated response at the […]

The Internet of Things Has No Clothes – A Defcon 23 Summary

I spent last weekend at Defcon 23, the annual hackerpalooza in Las Vegas. As usual, the experience was good for quickly disabusing people like me of the comfortable fiction that any digital information is truly secure. In five simultaneous tracks over three days and multiple ongoing “villages,” computer-savvy technophiles demonstrated their ability to gain unintended […]

Do You Know Who Is Watching Your Data Use? (Guest Post)

This guest post is authored by Kim DeLisle, a blogger for www.securethoughts.com. Kim says: “I am so excited to be writing for Wassom.com. This website is a great source for information and interesting opinions. In particular I think readers would be well-informed by this piece which also touches on the topic of internet surveillance.” Your data […]

The Internet of Things That Eavesdrop and Invade Privacy

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit shed light on theories plaintiffs will use in privacy litigation against owners of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices. Already known in the legal blogosphere as “the butt dialing case,” the court’s July 21, 2015 opinion in Huff v. Spaw considered federal […]

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 […]

Privacy, Law, and Ethics in Augmented Reality Panel at AWE 2015 [VIDEO]

As AR comes into its own, the legal and ethical issues that come with it can’t be ignored. On June 8, 2015, I had the honor of hosting a 50-minute panel discussion on these topics with Dave Griesbach (Security Expert, Google), Jerri Lynn Hogg (Professor, Fielding University), and Dave Lorenzini (Founder, CEO, EFX). Not only did these […]

Privacy in Augmented Reality

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak to the Mobile Monday Michigan meetup group on “Privacy in Augmented Reality.” The group also held a drawing for a free copy of my book, Augmented Reality Law, Privacy, and Ethics. A copy of my Prezi slides is embedded below. During the talk, I covered such […]

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 […]