We previously posted about the Tapplock, Inc. settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that the company violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by falsely claiming that its “smart locks” were secure. Earlier this month, the FTC voted 5-0 to approve the settlement.
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Listen as Hunton’s Phyllis H. Marcus speaks about the privacy concerns over using home smart devices in ABA’s podcast, Is Your Assistant Spying on You? Understanding the Privacy Law Issues Involving In-Home Assistants.
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During the week of April 1, 2019, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (“CIPL”) at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP hosted its annual executive retreat in Washington, D.C. (the “Retreat”). During the Retreat, CIPL held a full-day working session on evolving technologies and a new U.S. privacy framework followed by a closed members only half-day roundtable on global privacy trends with special guest Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland.
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Vizio, Inc., a California-based company best known for its internet-connected televisions, agreed to a $17 million settlement that, if approved, will resolve multiple proposed consumer class actions consolidated in California federal court. The suits’ claims, which are limited to the period between February 1, 2014 and February 6, 2017, involve data-tracking software Vizio installed on its smart TVs.
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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology recently announced that it is seeking public comment on Draft NISTIR 8228, Considerations for Managing Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks. The document is to be the first in a planned series of publications that will examine specific aspects of the IoT topic.
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