What are the different types of legal issues and liabilities that have begun to surface with the proliferation of The Internet of Things (IoT) connected smart devices? For starters, in the context of IoT, everyday internet connected smart devices developed for both commercial and consumer uses are collecting sizeable amounts of data which are being stored in cloud platforms and communicated to other devices and to other parties leaving them vulnerable to hacking or cyber-attacks.
Clearly, there is a growing need on the behalf of IoT manufacturers, licensees, vendors and third parties that collect IoT data to put in place strong, effective and preventive legal measures both in agreements and in workplace polices. Because there are so many entries for hackers in the chain of IoT services being offered there is that much more of a greater opportunity for sensitive, confidential information about users to be stolen or misappropriated.
In the context of IoT, the impact on energy, education, technology, communication, business and healthcare will continue to grow exponentially driven by both wearable devices which measure our health and home heating connected devices providing valuable data about the performance of our houses from an energy standpoint. This is all very exciting and the new technologies and platforms will hopefully improve the quality of life.
But with all these new advances in technology and software comes the opportunity for the criminal element to surface. Here is one brief example. Let’s say a manufacturer creates a band that users wear to measure heartrate, heartbeats, etc. The band takes off in popularity and within three (3) months the manufacturer has sold 3 million units. A hacker, someone employed by a vendor who licenses the bands discovers a way to hack into the software and extracts all of data concerning users’ heartrates etc. This person realized that in the right hands, this data, which tells the story of millions of people exercising from a healthcare standpoint, could be the impetus for creating a better more powerful band.
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