11 June 2017

by Richard Kemp

Legal Aspects of the Internet of Things

Whilst there is still no formally accepted definition, the Internet of things (IoT) is generally understood as everyday things, objects and devices that are connected to the Internet. The range of things is vast and increasing: watches, glasses and other wearables; health indicators; home automation like smart meters and connected lightbulbs, thermostats and fridges; right up to autonomous vehicles and connected cities. They include consumer facing devices as well as B2B devices to assist in manufacturing and supply chain management but generally don’t include smartphones, tablets, laptops and other computers themselves. What links all these things is their connection to the Internet through sensors to record, process, store and transfer data, whether they communicate between themselves, with computers or with people.

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