“Just 41% of IT professionals are working on projects to prepare their business for the internet of things (IoT), despite 71% realising it will affect both consumers and businesses.”

Computer Weekly

The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) has brought a whole new set of challenges, leaving some IT departments unprepared. IoT is changing the way devices are managed on a network and, as well as management challenges, it’s brought a host of legal challenges, too.

As legal professionals, this is the bit you’ll want to pay particular attention to.

 

The ‘Internet of Things’ & The Law

 

It’s been hard to ignore the buzz around the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), the tech revolution changing the way we interact with everyday objects. It has risen in tandem with connectivity and big data, as IoT sensors and networks generate vast quantities of real-time information about the world around us. IoT is based on the principle of commonplace objects like toasters, cars and TVs communicating with each other over a wireless network.

We hate to play the devil’s advocate but as with any new or emerging technology, there are several complicated legal considerations around the increasingly widespread adoption of the Internet of Things.

The sweeping change that the Internet of Things has brought calls for a new legal approach, extend from cybersecurity and data protection, to infrastructure and customer operations. In this article, we’ll highlight the most important legal considerations.

 

Cyber Security

 

IoT has the potential to be a disruptive technology

Computer Weekly

 

Think of it this way. If everything is connected via a mobile network, then cyber criminals could access your mobile phone via your central heating system, your tablet through your toaster, and so on…

So with the increasing number of devices that connect to the internet, it’s important to be prepared from a compliance, incident response and risk management perspective. Cyber crime is on the increase, and if you are going to indulge in the Internet of Things, it’s important to be mindful of the cybersecurity risks.

 

Data Protection

 

To meet the legalities of data protection and compliance, protection of data and against data breaches must be woven into your IoT strategy. It’s essential that data collected as part of IoT has the correct permissions, or you could find yourself in a legal bind.

 

Regulation Standards

 

How is government regulation making sure that IoT falls within the law?

The EU commission has published guidelines covering the loss of privacy and data protection with regards to IoT, and their report recommended that IoT should be designed from the start, underpinned by rigorous deletion, portability, data privacy and protection requirements. Government regulations must keep pace with the uptake of IoT, to make sure that data handling falls with data protection law.

Are you prepared for the ‘Internet of Things’? Our Chambers IT management services can help you mitigate for the legal issues associated with IoT. We specialise in cybersecurity solutions that ensure compliance within data protection regulations.

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