What does that mean? Can manufacturers make devices that are completely secure and completely free from hacker attacks? Experts say no – and the government is unlikely to enforce such a standard. Nevertheless, regulators often respond to general risks with general requirements or recommendations that do not take into account the specific type and function of each device. One example is the FTC`s recently released IoT report, which suggests a number of useful – but more general – steps companies can take to improve and protect consumer privacy and security. The problems arising from data interception, appropriation, and corruption are exacerbated by IoT technology. Networked systems and information exchanged between devices inevitably offer opportunities for interception of criminals. In addition, unauthorized remote control of connected equipment can raise complex legal questions about liability for what these devices have done (in the case of the remote control) if appropriate safeguards have not been taken (see liability). In the absence of specific IoT regulations (whether horizontal or vertical), a number of laws and regulations still need to be considered. A central question is whether and to what extent they are used in the context of IoT. Examples: However, the UK Government received strong support for some form of regulation during the consultation on the draft Code of Conduct. While it believes that many of the Code`s guidelines are already aligned with existing legislation (and that its objective is to ensure that appropriate aspects of the Code are legally enforceable), it has now begun to consider what aspects of the regulatory amendment will be required.43 As a result of this work, the UK government launched a consultation on regulatory proposals related to consumer IoT security in 2019.44 This consultation aims to: define what basic IoT security might look like. With regard to whether the following security requirements should be made mandatory in the UK: Such activities may not be detectable in open architecture technology or in circumstances where intrusion detection systems have not been implemented.
Purely technical solutions, implemented in the absence of a more comprehensive approach to information management, may not be sufficient. IoT presents unique security issues that lawyers need to consider. At the other end, what if someone hacked into your “smart fridge” and tried to kill you? But seriously, IoT devices depend on software, and software can be hacked by outsiders. For example, waiting for repairs on white goods could be a thing of the past through remote diagnostics and programming, while meter readings could not only be done remotely, but could also be used to help homeowners avoid overspending on utilities. IoT can also put an end to flooded kitchens by ensuring freezers notify their owners when their doors are left open. Companies that make IoT devices need to tell consumers what they are doing and how they will collect, distribute or sell their data.  If done effectively and the consumer agrees to the terms and conditions, the manufacturer may retain and disseminate the information in most cases, subject to applicable federal and state laws.  However, if a manufacturer conceals these facts and does not obtain the consumer`s consent to the conditions, the consumer can sue the company for invasion of privacy. In addition, the FTC was able to determine that the inducement to sell was unfair and contrary to fairness. Such a conclusion could lead to significant investigations or costly enforcement actions, similar to the case against TRENDnet.
Home / Knowledge Base / The Internet of Things – What is it and what are the legal issues? For example, my friend recently installed a new boiler, as well as a small, shiny box that intelligently programs itself according to her temperature needs. This little box knows when it`s home or on the road, awake or asleep, and by connecting to its phone, it can turn on the heat while it`s away from home. It is obvious that such a technology could bring enormous benefits, including cost and time savings, but what are the legal issues that should be considered? Let`s take the example of a “smart refrigerator”. With a smart fridge, you can use an app to monitor what`s in the fridge (for example, if you`re at the grocery store and can`t remember if you have milk). But it can also do things like monitor the expiration date of food and notify you when items expire or run out. In other words, they begin to perform functions that people normally have to do. Take smart, driverless cars, for example. The potential is for these vehicles to radicalize the way we go from A to B. However, what happens if the car is caught too fast in driverless mode or worse, what happens if the car causes an accident? Who is responsible for this?  www.wrighthassall.co.uk/knowledge/legal-articles/2016/08/30/internet-things-what-it-and-what-are-legal-issues/ Let`s say you have a “smart thermostat” in your home and it breaks and starts recording the wrong temperature. It might actually be cold, but the unit registers a high temperature that triggers the air conditioner.
This outage leads to high energy consumption and costs the consumer a lot of money. What happens in a more serious case when a smart autonomous car registers the wrong speed limit and drives too fast? Who would be responsible in this situation? That may be the case here. Most consumer IoT devices transmit personal information as part of the normal operation function of the product. With few exceptions, data transmission takes place via wireless transmissions and/or Internet networks and not by means of encrypted communication. In this scenario, the consumer`s decision to disclose this information to the producer could make it available to third parties and thus result in the loss of their protection under the Fourth Amendment. See Reporters Comm. for Freedom of Press vs. Am. Tel.
& Tel. Co., 593 F.2d 1030, 1043 (D.C. Cir. 1978) (“To the extent that a person exposes his activities to third parties, he waives the protection of the Fourth Amendment”). In this case, the government does not need a warrant to access the information and use it in an investigation or prosecution. The third key issue in the evolution of IoT is government access to data collected from IoT devices – and to what extent, if any, an agency needs to obtain a warrant or court order to see this information. With the potential of IoT devices to change the way we live our daily lives, we need to ask ourselves, what if these devices do it wrong? Where is the responsibility? The lack of a single approach to IoT and privacy in Europe and the US means that IoT stakeholders face the challenge of contributing to an IoT ecosystem subject to different data protection laws in the two largest markets in the Western world.11 How to tell the difference: Lawyers advise companies on their responsibilities to: Inform consumers about what data IoT devices collect and how that data is used. All of this means that equipment manufacturers need to think carefully about how to market their products, design their warranties, and create liability provisions that are included in consumer use agreements.