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Court Dismisses FTC’s Unfairness Claims Regarding Potential Data Breaches

October 3, 2017 by George A. Gasper, Partner
Several months ago, as part of the Federal Trade Commission’s continuing regulation of the Internet of Things (“IoT”) security practices, the FTC filed a complaint against D-Link Corporation (and DLS, its U.S. subsidiary), alleging that they failed to take reasonable steps to secure their routers and Internet Protocol cameras, which potentially compromised sensitive consumer information, including live video and audio feeds. The case was notable because the agency did not allege that particular breaches actually occurred, but rather that “the company failed to take steps to address well-known and easily preventable security flaws” and put “thousands of consumers at risk,” despite allegedly marketing its products as secure and supporting “the latest wireless security features.”


New Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation Cruises Onto Senate Floor

Two United States Senators introduced legislation on Sept. 28, 2017 to address the rapidly approaching reality of self-driving vehicles on American roads. The American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act—or, more succinctly, the AV Start Act—paves the way for autonomous vehicles by establishing a regulatory framework to govern the development and implementation of this revolutionary technology. Like the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvements Act of 2017, which was introduced in the Senate in August, this latest legislative foray into the Internet of Things (“IoT”) is a bipartisan effort to get ahead of emerging technologies.


Tim Capen and Eric Goodman Will Present at Indy Big Data Conference

September 8, 2017 by Timothy J. Capen, Eric I. Goodman,
Tim Capen and Eric Goodman will be presenting “Starting and Funding Your New IoT Venture” at the Indy Big Data Conference on Sept. 14 in Indianapolis.


Attorney Sid Bose Will Present on Legal Issues and the Internet of Things at Upcoming CEDIA Expo

August 25, 2017
Ice Miller attorney Sid Bose will present “Building Secure – Understanding the Legal Issues in the Internet of Things” at the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo 2017 on Sept. 8 in San Diego.


New Internet of Things Security Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate

August 3, 2017 by George A. Gasper, Clayton Heil,
Four United States Senators introduced bipartisan legislation this week that would improve the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices purchased by the federal government. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 (which was drafted with input from several security and technology companies) would require companies selling IoT devices to the government to implement specific security standards, including ensuring their devices: (i) do not have any known security vulnerabilities, (ii) do not use hard-coded passwords that cannot be changed, (iii) rely on industry standard protocols, and (iv) are patchable if security is compromised. (IoT devices with limited data processing and software functionality would be subject to alternative requirements to be developed by the Office of Management and Budget.)  The proposed legislation would also require (among other things) the Department of Homeland Security to issue additional guidelines regarding vulnerability disclosure policies applicable to companies selling IoT devices to the federal government.


Don Snemis Discusses Internet of Things Sustainability and e-Waste in BizVoice Magazine

July 6, 2017
Partner Don Snemis of Ice Miller’s Environmental, Natural Resources and Toxic Tort Group brings his unique perspective in the Indiana Chamber’s July-August issue of BizVoice magazine. In his guest column, “Internet of Things: Keeping it Green and Sustainable,” Don highlights the precautions that should be exercised when handling e-waste as well as sustainability standards and recycling programs.


The Doctor Will Skype with You Now

June 7, 2017 by Lindsay M. Miller, Associate
As expressed on Ice Miller’s Internet of Things (IoT) site, the proliferation of the Internet of Things creates unprecedented new uses for internet-enabled devices and heightens the demand for high-speed connectivity among residential and commercial users. One example of such uses is telemedicine and associated applications to monitor patients, personnel, and medical devices.


Cyber and Kidnap/Ransom Insurance Should Respond to Massive Global Ransomware Attacks in More than 100 Countries

May 30, 2017 by Nicholas Reuhs, Partner
The recent ransomware attack led many to reevaluate how prepared their organizations are for such an event. While risk mitigation (i.e., prevention) is critical, so is risk transfer through insurance. Most cyber insurers offer cyber extortion coverage as part of their policies, although the coverage can sometimes be difficult to locate and analyze in the context of a larger cyber policy.


Drivers, Start Your Internet!

May 25, 2017 by Lindsay M. Miller, Associate
In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") unanimously voted to open high-band spectrum for 5th generation ("5G") wireless expansion. This action will significantly impact connected devices and the Internet of Things ("IoT"), including connected/ autonomous vehicles. While we are still several years from true 5G deployment, this week it "accelerated into reality" according to a blog from Ericcson.


Dodged WannaCry? Get Ready for the Next Cyber-Attack!

May 19, 2017 by Stephen E. Reynolds, Partner
After the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused disruption in about 150 nations around the world, organizations need to be more cautious than ever of security vulnerabilities that can make them susceptible to cyber-attacks. After the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused disruption in about 150 nations around the world, organizations need to be more cautious than ever of security vulnerabilities that can make them susceptible to cyber-attacks.


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