International Summit on Augmented Reality in the Automotive Industry, Part 2: AR in Industrial Processes

This is the second of two posts on the Euroforum’s International Summit on Augmented Reality in the Automotive Industry that I attended in Cologne, Germany. Last week I wrote about the use of AR by drivers in cars. The great majority of speakers at this conference, however, were focused on much more immediate and practical–even if, perhaps,[…]

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International Summit on Augmented Reality in the Automotive Industry, Part 1: AR in Cars and the Augmented Driving Initiative

This week I had the privilege of speaking on the world stage for the trade group AugmentedReality.Org and its “Augmented Driving Initiative” (more on that below) on a key issue for the AR industry.  This was at Euroforum’s International Summit on Augmented Reality in the Automotive Industry, held in Cologne, Germany. This is the very first–but certainly not the last–event of its[…]

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Are Essential Oil Pins Deceptive Advertising?

Of all the social media legal issues I’ve covered, this one hits the closest to home. I first learned about it from my wife, who sells doTERRA brand essential oils and who enjoys pinning information about them to her Pinterest boards. So imagine her unpleasant surprise when she logged in one recent day to discover that[…]

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Recently Published Applications for Virtual Reality Trademarks

Every week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office publishes a Gazette full of trademark applications that it has “allowed.” This means that the marks will be registered as requested unless someone steps in to oppose the registration within the 30-day period following the publication. Keeping an eye on this Gazette (or having your attorney do so)[…]

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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[…]

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VR Modeling Has a Lot of Benefits, But Copyright Isn’t One of Them

With the surging popularity of virtual reality technologies has come a wave of companies creating content for virtual worlds.  This includes not only the design of new and fanciful creations, but also scans of the existing, physical world.  A lot of scans. The demand for virtual recreations of the physical world is more than understandable. “The[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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