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Is There a Duty of Device Security? U.S. Regulator Fires Warning Shot Over Obligations of IoT Manufacturers

Posted in Internet of Things, Privacy

A complaint filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) against D-Link Corporation, a Taiwanese computer networking equipment manufacturer, and its U.S. subsidiary (collectively, “D-Link”) is raising questions about the extent of responsibility that networking equipment manufacturers may have for the security of their products, and how much of that responsibility rests with consumers… → Read More

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Connected Cars Released

Posted in Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Standards, Telematics

It has been predicted that by 2020, there will be a quarter billion connected vehicles on the road with connected capabilities; Tesla founder Elon Musk is even more aggressive, predicting fully autonomous vehicles on the roads within two years.  However, some of the most significant concerns with connected vehicles are cybersecurity and privacy protection. These… → Read More

Privacy Commissioner Seeks Public Input on Consent Model

Posted in Big Data, Internet of Things, Legislation, Privacy

On May 11, 2016, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien announced the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) would seek public input on the issue of how Canadians can give meaningful consent to the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information in an increasingly digital age. The OPC has released a discussion paper (“Report”)… → Read More

Court Finds a Lesser Expectation of Privacy in Cameras than in Cell Phones and Computers

Posted in Internet of Things, Privacy, Social Media, Uncategorized

Driven in part by advances in recording device technology such as wearable cameras and drone-mounted cameras, the trend of self-recording one’s life continues to grow.  The videos recorded on these devices are popular on social media and range from the mundane to the extreme.  Some even include criminal acts: illegally scaling structures and in some cases BASE… → Read More

Regulators In Canada and the U.S. Signal Increasing Interest in the Internet of Things

Posted in Internet of Things

The ‘Internet of Things’ (or IoT, which we have written about before) is generating fresh interest among legislators and regulatory authorities on both sides of the border. Recent initiatives in both the United States and Canada are likely to bring renewed political attention to the transformative potential of this technology space, particularly for its use… → Read More

Privacy Commissioner Targets IoT Health Devices in Sweep

Posted in Big Data, Internet of Things, Privacy, Telematics, Wearables

What rumours is your fitness tracker spreading about you?  In its latest Internet of Things themed sweep, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada reviews what personal information is being collected about Canadians by “smart” health and fitness devices. Many of us will remember Time Magazine’s audaciously titled September 2013 issue, which splashed the… → Read More

Hackable Barbies, malicious POODLEs: PIPEDA compliance and the Internet of Things

Posted in Cybersecurity, Internet of Things

She stands just under a foot tall, has a résumé that includes such storied accomplishments as astronaut, registered nurse, and Presidential candidate.  Whether cropped or worn shoulder-length, her iconic blonde hair has been inspiring popular culture since well before Madonna.  She’s owned more dream homes than most real estate magnates, and earlier last month Barbie… → Read More

The Internet of Things: Guidance, Regulation and the Canadian Approach

Posted in Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Privacy

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been identified as a disruptive technology, bringing with it both the promise of seamless interconnectivity of devices and, the flip side of that interconnectivity, single-point vulnerability of multiple systems. While businesses rush to embrace the technology, the regulators have begun considering the issues raised by it. What is the Internet… → Read More

Online Trust Alliance Releases Draft “Trust Framework” for the Internet of Things

Posted in Internet of Things, Wearables

By some estimates, there were more than 2 wireless networked devices for every person on the planet in 2014. The multiplier is expected to reach 5 by the year 2020. This explosive proliferation of networked technology offers remarkable opportunities, but also inspires concern that the connected future may result in ubiquitous, inescapable, surveillance of every… → Read More