Topic Archives: Internet of Things

May 23, 2019Internet of Things, Privacy

Youth Protection in Germany: Online Age Checks and Daytime Blackouts Ahead?

Last week, German regulators decided to no longer accept the widely used “JusProg” software as a sufficient means for online service providers to comply with statutory youth protection requirements. The decision is effective immediately, although it will most likely be challenged in court. If it prevails, it puts video-sharing platforms, distributors of gaming content, and ...›

May 6, 2019FTC, Internet of Things

Bad Influence: Complying with FTC’s Endorsement Guide

Today’s online celebrities—both verified and aspiring—can now become product sponsors with the help of a social-media account, a picture-perfect aesthetic, and several hundred thousand followers. The influencer marketing industry is a multibillion-dollar industry according to some industry reports stating it is projected to generate $2.6 billion by 2020. With the number of brand-sponsored influencer posts ...›

CPSC Acting Chair Buerkle’s Priorities Include IoT and Furniture Safety

At a recent product safety conference, Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced CPSC’s priorities for 2019. These include technology—both for consumers and within the agency—as well as window coverings and furniture tipover. Buerkle surprised the audience with a stern warning that any clothing storage not complying with ...›

Internet of Things
October 22, 2018Internet of Things, Privacy

Digital Single Market Update: Technology Standardization in the EU

ICT standardization is a key part of the European Union’s package of measures designed to improve Europe’s competitiveness and productivity. As part of the EU’s Digital Single Market (DSM) initiative, the European Commission has been working on common ICT standards that would ensure the interoperability of digital technologies, services, and devices. The Commission has laid ...›

New California IoT Law Requires Security for Connected Devices

When Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1906 and Senate Bill 327 into law on Friday, California took major strides toward regulating the Internet of Things, the network of internet-connected devices that includes everything from televisions and cars, to refrigerators, fitness trackers, and baby monitors.[1]  As of January 1, 2020, “reasonable security feature[s]” must be ...›

Digital Toy Product Company Ducks Data Breach Class Action

For the second time, an Illinois federal judge powered down a proposed class action against VTech Electronics following a 2015 data breach of its internet-connected digital learning toys. The data breach also triggered separate allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that VTech violated federal children’s privacy laws. Both developments illustrate the increasing exposure that ...›

CPSC Will Sharpen Its Focus on IoT in Upcoming Public Hearing About Internet-Connected Devices

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that on May 16, 2018, it will hold a public hearing on “potential safety issues and hazards associated with internet-connected consumer products.”[1]  The Commission will hear testimony from interested stakeholders on potential safety hazards created by network-connected devices, the types of hazards arising from their use or ...›

Connected Devices Bring New Product Liability Challenges

“My Google Home Mini was inadvertently spying on me 24/7 due to a hardware flaw,” wrote a tech blogger who purchased Google Inc.’s latest internet of things (IoT) device. Following the incident, a pact of consumer advocacy groups insisted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall the Google smart speaker due to privacy concerns arising ...›