Legaltech News Publishes Kohne and Roberts Article on Ramped-Up Regulatory Scrutiny of Internet of Things

Legaltech News has published the article “Regulatory Scrutiny Ramping Up in the Rapidly Expanding Internet of Things,” written by Akin Gump litigation partner Natasha Kohne, co-leader of the firm’s cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice, and practice attorney Crystal Roberts.

Kohne and Roberts write that while the Internet of Things (IoT) and its emerging technology offer great promise and opportunity, “as with many technological advancements of this magnitude, both public and private sector action will be necessary to encourage growth while protecting consumer safety.”

The authors discuss recent cases involving the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its efforts to regulate “a relatively new and emerging phenomenon.” They note that Congress has gotten involved, with some members pushing for regulation, and the judiciary “has also had to grapple with challenging IoT security questions and at the state level, state attorneys general “have warned against potential privacy and security threats in the IoT.” Kohne and Roberts add that, following California’s leading role in enhancing privacy and data security, they expect other states and cities to shift their attention to the IoT.

In the end, Kohne and Roberts say they expect to see developments take shape at all levels of government in an effort to resolve any security concerns. They suggest that, by looking toward regulatory guidance and working with outside counsel, “technology companies in particular should take steps to ensure they meet the evolving standards and expectations.”

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