New Issues Raised By Internet Of Things Payments

The internet of things is a promising platform for all sorts of consumer services — and one coming fast is IoT payments. This holiday season, for example, Amazon reported huge sales of internet-connected home devices and a jump in consumers ordering products using those same kinds of devices. The development of IoT payments will bring great benefits to consumers, but just as with the move to mobile over the last decade, companies need to carefully think through implementation. How do existing laws apply to transactions executed using a wide range of connected devices? How should companies proactively address the attendant risks?

Rogue Drones Force Gatwick Airport Closure: Is the U.S. Equipped to Handle a Similar Situation?

Although we would rather be writing about the UK’s first drone delivery using 4G networks earlier this week – both groundbreaking and seasonal, as the Vodafone drone was dressed up as Santa’s sleigh –  rogue drone operators elsewhere in the country have forced us to change course and think about the threats drones can pose to airports.  Major news outlets are reporting that Gatwick Airport, the second-largest airport in the UK, was forced to close last night due to unidentified drones being spotted near the runway. 

FTC Staff Provide Insights on Ongoing FTC Hearings

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the Federal Communications Bar Association hosted a brown bag lunch discussion of the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. The discussion featured Maneesha Mithal, Associate Director of the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, and Derek Moore, Attorney Advisor in the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning. 

FCC Forum on Artificial Intelligence Busts Common Misperceptions

The Federal Communications Commission convened a Forum to examine artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, featuring subject matter experts from industry and academia.  AI, generally speaking, is the ability of computer systems to exhibit human-like behaviors including cognitive reasoning, speech recognition, and social and emotional behaviors.  We increasingly interact with AI technologies on a day-to-day basis through voice-controlled personal assistants, automated vehicles, mobile check deposits, and more.

Advanced Persistent Chats: DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Podcast

In this Advanced Persistent Chats episode on Wiley Connected, Matthew Travis, the Deputy Director for the Department of Homeland Security's newly formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Dan Sutherland, the agency’s lead lawyer, talk with Wiley Rein attorneys Megan Brown and Mike Diakiwski, about the agency’s mission to defend federal networks and secure private infrastructure against cyber threats.

Last Call for IoT Legislation in the 115th Congress

Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 6023, the State of Modern Application, Research, and Trends of IoT Act (SMART IoT Act).  The SMART IoT Act would direct the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to conduct a survey of the IoT ecosystem across the public and private sectors and submit its findings in a report to Congress.[1]  Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Peter Welch (D-Vermont) authored this legislation alongside their colleagues in the bipartisan House IoT Working Group.  H.R. 6023 sailed through the House largely unchanged from the discussion draft the Energy and Commerce Committee released in May