March 30, 2017Published Article

Proliferation of smart home tech creates privacy conundrum


"As consumer adoption rates for devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, clear legal and regulatory guidance addressing IoT technology’s privacy and security requirements has failed to keep pace. To take one example, IoT devices that collect data from the solitude of people’s homes implicate both general privacy protections and the Fourth Amendment. And because the Fourth Amendment provides more privacy protection to activities in the home, does the fact that smart home devices operate in the home confer greater privacy protections to the data they collect?  If so, Congress and regulators may impose higher baseline privacy and security requirements for smart home devices to accommodate that heightened expectation of privacy."

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