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

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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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The Internet of Things That Eavesdrop and Invade Privacy

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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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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 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 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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Skeletons of Empires: A Scenario for AR in 2020 [Video]

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Earlier today, I participated in an online panel discussion sponsored by IEEE called “Skeletons of Empires: A Scenario for AR in 2020.” This was part of IEEE’s series of discussions on the various possible ways in which augmented reality and related technologies (especially the mesh of interconnected sensors known as the Internet of Things) could be[…]

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Augmented & Wearable Solutions to IoT Privacy Concerns

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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[…]

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Is the Pentagon Laying the Foundation of an Augmented World?

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The U.S. military gets around. It is deployed in every time zone on Earth, and must be prepared to deliver munitions with precision anywhere in the world, whenever called upon.  So it built the Global Positioning System of satellites to provide reliable geospatial coordinates both on earth and in orbit, and networked its computers together[…]

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Walking in Snow: iBeacon, BLE, and Privacy

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One of the lesser-heralded features in iOS7 is “iBeacon,” Apple’s implementation of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. To the extent anyone is talking about this yet, iBeacon has been seen as a rival to the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology used by Samsung, or a convenient way to pipe coupons into your phone.  But history[…]

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What Marketing Professionals Need to Know About Augmented Reality Law

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Thursday night I was privileged to be part of a panel–together with Brian Mullins of daqri, Brian Bos of Mindshare, and Marty Wetherall of Fallon–presenting on augmented reality to the AdCraft Club of Detroit.  As the lawyer on the panel, many of the questions I fielded dealt with the legal issues that are likely to[…]

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