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IoT in the EU: Lessons from COVID-19, and next steps for liability and regulation

The IoT sector has exploded over the past few years, and, even taking into account the globally inhibitive effects of COVID-19, this growth shows few long-term signs of abating. The buoyant, fast-paced IoT industry was the subject of a webinar, involving a panel of four partners from Hogan Lovells: Valerie Kenyon, Christelle Coslin, Matthias Schweiger, and Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte. Each gave their take on the state of play of IoT across the EU and explored the liability issues that potentially are coming down the line for IoT products. In this

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Civil liability regime for artificial intelligence

On 20 October 2020, the European Parliament put forward detailed legislative proposals on a civil liability regime for artificial intelligence. The European Commission will consider the proposals and reports submitted by the European Parliament, with its legislative proposal on these matters being expected in early 2021. Changes to EU Civil Liability Framework  The proposal creates a two-fold liability regime consisting of “high-risk” AI systems and “other” AI systems. Common principles for operators of both high-risk and other AI-systems include: Operators cannot escape liability on the grounds that the harm was

Posted in Internet of Things, Policy & Regulation

Webinar – IoT in the EU: Lessons from COVID-19, and next steps for liability and regulation

Connected products remain in focus during 2020. Now more than ever before, they bring new opportunities to our homes, work, travel, and health care. Date: 15 September 3:30-4:15 BST In this webinar our leading cross-border products law team discuss the following: How IoT products have been helping tackle the COVID-19 crisis: a call out from a number of jurisdictions. Some areas of IoT law and regulation that need further development – as highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis. A quick catch-up on product liability developments in the European Union and the

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Policy & Regulation

Outlook on a common liability framework for high-risk AI systems in the EU

In May 2020, the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs took the initiative and published a draft report with recommendations to the Commission on a civil liability regime for artificial intelligence (AI) (the Draft Report). The Draft Report provides an outlook on some of the legal concepts that will be subject to discussion in a future legislative process. Directive 85/374/EEC (PL Directive) and the Draft Report are considered by the Committee as two pillars of a common liability framework for AI systems and it acknowledges that such a project requires

Posted in Policy & Regulation

COVID-19 webinar – Insurance coverage considerations

When: Thursday, 02 April 2020, 15:30 (BST) One of a series of live webinars to help clients to respond to the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic on their business. Businesses who suffer losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic will want to understand how their insurance arrangements will respond to this crisis. In 30 minutes, our insurance experts will cover how the following classes of insurance are likely to respond and provide general guidance to companies on how to assess and manage their loss with insurance considerations in mind: Business interruption Liability Credit Event cancellation Life, Health

Posted in Policy & Regulation Photo of Falk SchoeningPhoto of Rod Freeman

Regulate Frankenstein: the European Parliament calls for new rules for robots

When a parliamentary report cites Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in its recitals and proposes new regulation for robots with artificial intelligence (“AI”), one cannot be sure whether the 19th or the 21st century has inspired the legislator. Last week, the European Parliament took a step to introduce new regulation of robots in Europe. Declaring that the EU needs to “take the lead” in this area, the Parliament endorsed a Report that asks the European Commission to propose rules on robotics and artificial intelligence, in order to fully exploit their economic potential

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Photo of Winston MaxwellPhoto of Falk SchoeningPhoto of Rod Freeman

DSM Watch: European Commission’s data package explores data ownership, localization, liability and portability, highlighting tensions with GDPR

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 to facilitate data sharing and innovation. Interface with GDPR The Commission’s Communication on the data economy brings to light a fundamental tension between the policy on protection of personal data and the

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Policy & Regulation Photo of Conor Ward

FTC takes enforcement action regarding data security and IoT

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“), is a Taiwanese hardware manufacturer that, among other things, sells routers, and related software and services, intended for consumer use.  In August 2012, ASUS introduced and began marketing a feature known as

Posted in Policy & Regulation Photo of Charlie Hawes

Hogan Lovells assists Internet of Things policy group in Brussels

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 Internet of Things (IoT). The Policy Report makes recommendations to the Commission in relation to the IoT in four key areas: privacy, security, liability and net neutrality. It is the outcome of six months of

Posted in Advertising, Data Protection & Privacy, Internet Photo of Winston MaxwellPhoto of David TaylorPhoto of Christine Gateau

Internal and External Social Networks: New Risks, New Rules

On May 30, 2013, the Hogan Lovells Paris office hosted a seminar on internal and external social networks. While the informal nature of social networks, whether they are public or internallydeveloped by companies, is at the origin of their success, we still need to be aware that these platforms of self-expression are regulated.  From labour law to personal data through consumer law to rules concerning payment terms, they raise innumerable topics of interest. The seminar was introduced by David Taylor and Winston Maxwell who head up the Paris Office TMT