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January 2017

Online Trust Alliance Releases IoT Trust Framework v2.0

January 31, 2017

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), an informal industry working group with the mission to enhance online trust and user empowerment while promoting innovation and the vitality of the Internet, released version 2.0 of its Internet of Things (IoT) Trust Framework at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.  The OTA describes the IoT Trust Framework v2.0 as providing a baseline set of requirements and recommendations which address the privacy, security, and sustainability of IoT devices (e.g., connected home, wearable technologies, etc.) The impetus behind the Framework is to provide a path for the private sector to demonstrate its commitment to security and privacy in IoT devices by adhering to the voluntary principles of the Framework.

Enabling Information and Communications Technology Infrastructure for IoT Expansion

January 26, 2017 by Lindsay M. Miller, Partner
As shared in this post, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration ("NTIA") released a green paper, Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things, on January 12, 2017. In the paper, the Department outlines its plans to work on Internet of Things (“IoT”) matters across four broad areas of engagement: enabling the nation’s infrastructure availability and access is one of such areas.

Department of Commerce releases a Green Paper Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things

January 23, 2017
The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on January 12, 2017 issued a green paper Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things to identify elements of an approach and areas of engagement for the Department to pursue as it seeks broad input in its future work on the Internet of Things (“IoT”). The paper asserts that the federal government needs to develop a long term strategy, a collaborative approach with the private sector and a global perspective to permit IoT technology to reach its full potential to create new industries and new consumer goods. It rejects the idea that standards for privacy and security can be left to market forces.

FTC Order recognizes certain security certifications qualify professionals to perform data security assessments

January 19, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with the operators of, resolving FTC and state charges of consumer deception and failure to safeguard 36 million users' account and profile information stemming from a data breach in July of 2015.  In the complaint, the FTC alleged that defendants engaged in practices that, when taken together, "failed to provide reasonable security to prevent unauthorized access to personal information on their network."

Federal Trade Commission Files (and Boasts About) New Internet of Things Lawsuit

January 13, 2017 by George A. Gasper, Partner

The FTC recently filed a complaint against D-Link Corporation (a Taiwan-based computer networking equipment manufacturer) and its U.S. subsidiary, alleging that they failed to take reasonable steps to secure their routers and Internet Protocol cameras and, therefore, potentially compromised sensitive consumer information, including live video and audio feeds.  The FTC has further been quick to characterize this case on its own blog as continuing the agency’s regulation of the Internet of Things (“IoT”) and challenging what it considers to be inadequate IoT security practices.

Federal Trade Commission Begins 2017 Privacy Conference With Sharp IoT Focus

January 12, 2017 by George A. Gasper, Partner
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) held its second annual PrivacyCon on January 12, 2017 to address the privacy and security implications of emerging technologies.  As the Internet of Things (“IoT”) continues its rapid growth across all fields of business, it comes as no surprise that this year’s PrivacyCon began with a sharp focus on IoT issues.

When it Comes to IoT Privacy, Congress Encourages Feds and Private Sector to Work Together

January 6, 2017 by Isaac J. Colunga, Partner
The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Internet of Things (“IoT”) working group issued its year-end White Paper on December 30, 2016, summarizing the group’s activities this past year. The group met five times last year, bringing together members of Congress and other experts in the field.

Sid Bose Joins Inside Indiana Business to Share Internet of Things Insights

January 4, 2017

On Inside Indiana Business’ Ice Miller Insights, associate Sid Bose discussed the Internet of Things (IoT) and its legal implications.

On Inside Indiana Business, Tom Walsh Discusses Business and the Internet of Things

January 4, 2017
Partner Tom Walsh of our IoT Industry Group joined Gerry Dick on Inside Indiana Business to share a few tips on how businesses can prepare to be smart in the face of smart technology.

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