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“Smart” homes and personal electronic devices are no longer a futuristic ideal. Millions of internet-connected phones, TVs, wearable fitness trackers, home security devices, home appliances, and digital assistants are in use in the United States today. The internet of things (“IoT”) is the use of network sensors in physical devices to allow for remote monitoring and control. These devices have made great strides in making our lives more convenient. But interconnectivity and data collection can also have serious security and privacy implications.
Despite the dramatic increase in the number of IoT products purchased by American consumers over the past few years, the law is slower in addressing any potential hazards posed by IoT technologies. However, we expect to see more IoT product-related regulations enacted at the federal level over the next few years. We recently wrote about the new Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act, which was signed into law on December 4, 2020. The legislation charges the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) with drafting and finalizing security requirements for IoT devices.