After all of the 2016 drama, the start of a brand new year is a welcome development in itself – a clean sheet for a script yet to be written. However, 2017 will not be without challenges and the same applies to the world of privacy and data protection. Many of the big issues that arose during 2016 will need … Continue Reading
On January 10, 2017, the European Commission released a Communication, a fact sheet, a working document and a public consultation relating to Europe’s “data economy”. The fact sheet states that “data is a new type of economic asset”, which is essential for innovation and growth. The Commission’s objective is to remove “unjustified restrictions” and “legal uncertainties” in order … Continue Reading
For thousands of years, society has recorded information in ledgers, ranging from clay tablets, books through to cloud based computer systems. Despite the advance of technology, all of these ledgers have effectively been siloed with access (or “permission”) to write and read information generally being restricted.
Blockchain is a new technology that flips the traditional model of a ledger upside … Continue Reading
Connected vehicles today are rolling computers able to exchange information wirelessly with manufacturers, other vehicles, and third party service providers to significantly improve safety, efficiency, and comfort for drivers. Many entities are interested in the data these connected vehicles generate and transmit. These entities include dealers and repair shops, vehicle fleet service providers, end-users, infrastructure operators, diagnostics providers, researchers, financial … Continue Reading
The Internet of Things continues to draw broad interest from policymakers and regulators around the globe. Following on the heels of a major distributed denial-of-service attack in October 2016 that leveraged potentially millions of compromised IoT devices, members of Congress have sent letters to US federal agencies regarding the risks posed by insecure IoT devices and held a hearing about … Continue Reading
The Internet of Things (“IoT”) connects markets and supply chains around the world. Industry, governments and consumers around the world are embracing IoT technologies to improve research and public policy, to accelerate service delivery and to monitor global development programs across healthcare, agriculture, natural resource management, climate, and energy sectors. Industry experts project that between 20 to 30 billion IoT … Continue Reading
Leaders from the public and private sectors recently analyzed the relationship between federal spectrum policy and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the Fifth Annual Winnik International Telecoms and Internet Forum. In a discussion co-moderated by Hogan Lovells Partners Trey Hanbury and Mark Parsons, panelists explored the demands IoT will impose on networks and proposed regulatory strategies that … Continue Reading
Hogan Lovells’ Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum explored how the Internet of Things (IoT) may continue to expand the scope of cybersecurity concerns. Cybersecurity risks for the IoT were previously synonymous with enterprise products. Now these risks extend to consumer devices, services and applications.
According to cybersecurity leaders attending the forum, the IoT market needs new, market-driven approaches to … Continue Reading
With questions like these, Stacey Higginbotham, creator of the Internet of Things Podcast and the “Stacey Knows Things” newsletter, launched an “armchair discussion” about the Internet of Things (“IoT”) during Hogan Lovells’ … Continue Reading
The Internet of Things is “clearly a significant market,” according to Daniel Alejandro Sepulveda, Ambassador, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in the Department of State. In Sepulveda’s keynote remarks at the Hogan Lovells Fifth Annual Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum, he addressed the State … Continue Reading
Some of the largest cyber attacks in recent memory have employed an army of connected home devices to achieve their goals. This co-opting of connected home devices owned by consumers around the world occurs without those consumers’ knowledge or consent. For example, in mid-September, several thousand devices—home routers, Internet-connected video cameras, and digital video recorders—were used to create a “botnet” … Continue Reading
The fourth annual Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) sweep, which focused on Internet of Things (IoT) devices, found that privacy communications in relation to such devices were generally poor and companies demonstrating good practice were in the minority. Here, we summarize and explore the key findings of the fourth annual GPEN sweep .
The fourth annual GPEN sweep study was … Continue Reading
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A number of data protection authorities (DPAs) around the globe have issued press releases confirming their involvement in the 2016 global privacy “sweep”, which kicked off on April 11th. This year’s initiative involves a coordinated investigation by 29 DPAs into the practices of internet-connected (Internet of Things or IoT) devices, such as fitness and health trackers, thermostats, smart … Continue Reading
On April 5, 2016, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) initiated an inquiry to review the potential benefits and challenges presented by the Internet of Things (IoT). In its Notice and request for public comment (RFC), NTIA is seeking input on the current IoT technological and policy landscape with a goal of developing recommendations—in the form of a Green … Continue Reading
Fifteen months after forming an Internet of Things (IoT) working group, on March 2, 2016, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) released a final version of its IoT Framework (Framework) along with a companion Resource Guide that provides explanations and additional resources. The voluntary Framework sets forth thirty suggested guidelines that provide criteria for designing privacy, security, and sustainability into connected … Continue Reading
As legislators across the world grapple with the thorny issue of suppliers’ liability for digital content and online services, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the U.S. has used its existing powers under the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. to address the liability of equipment manufacturers in relation to the Internet of Things.
ASUSTeK Computer, Inc (“ASUS“), … Continue Reading
The FTC wants companies to listen. More precisely, the FTC wants companies to pay attention to and promptly to respond to reports of security vulnerabilities. That’s a key takeaway from the Commission’s recent settlement with ASUSTek (“ASUS”). In its complaint against the Taiwanese router manufacturer, the FTC alleged that ASUS misrepresented its security practices and failed to reasonably secure its … Continue Reading
On 26 January, Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (Commissioner) published his annual report on 2015 complaints and enforcement activity under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO).
The report reveals that 871,000 Hong Kong individuals were affected by data breaches in 2015, compared with 47,000 in 2014. The 98 incidents reported to the Commissioner last year (an increase from … Continue Reading
One of the most common devices in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) was reportedly discovered to have a bug. According to the research firm Fortinet, a popular fitness tracker was vulnerable to wireless attacks through its unsecured Bluetooth port. A savvy attacker could install malware wirelessly within ten seconds—simply by coming within a few feet of the tracker. When … Continue Reading
On October 26, 2015, the European Commission published the Policy Report of Working Group 4 (WG4) of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI). The AIOTI is a group of ICT industry stakeholders advising the Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) on policy and regulatory matters relating to the … Continue Reading
The UK’s 2015 Budget has provided a platform for the UK government to reaffirm its commitment to the development of the digital economy. Chancellor George Osborne announced a number of measures affecting the digital and technology sectors in the Budget, and in this post we highlight the main ones relevant to the TMT sector.
- The UK Government plans to invest
The UK and Canadian data protection regulators have written to webcam manufacturers to highlight concerns about the safety of internet-connected devices and to enlist their assistance in reducing the risks posed by their products. In particular, the regulators call for manufacturers to roll out privacy-friendly default settings, implement “privacy by design” – whereby data protection and privacy considerations are built … Continue Reading