FTC’s Look at Device Repair Policies Will Implicate IoT Privacy and Security and the Right-to-Repair Debate

On March 13, the FTC announced that it will be holding a workshop on repair restrictions – ways in which manufacturers might limit repairs of devices by consumers and third-party repair shops.  The agency is seeking empirical research and data on topics like the risks associated with repair by third parties and impact of any restrictions on prices.  Device manufacturers should pay close attention and evaluate whether certain restrictions can be beneficial for device security and consumer privacy throughout the lifecycle of the device, as the FTC’s workshop will set the stage for greater federal action in this area.

Zappos and the Supreme Court’s Reluctance to Address Privacy Harms Under Article III Standing

On Monday, the Supreme Court denied cert in Zappos.com, Inc. v. Stevens, signaling that the Court remains reluctant to address privacy harms under Article III standing.  The petition for certiorari in Zappos asked the Court to resolve a circuit split over whether individuals have standing where their personal information is held in a database breached by hackers, even if they have not actually suffered an injury from that data breach. 

Mobile World Congress: A Discussion on 5G and the Future of the Mobile Industry

In this episode of Wiley Connected, Wiley Rein attorneys Scott Delacourt and Jacquelynn Ruff discussed their takeaways from the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.  More than 109,000 attendees from around the world were there to see the future of the mobile industry.  A major focus for industry stakeholders and government officials was the deployment of 5G and potential public policy implications.

Issue-spotting Federal Privacy Framework from Congressional Hearings

On February 26 and 27, commerce committees in the House and Senate convened the first consumer data privacy hearings of the 116th Congress. These hearings reflect a growing consensus on Capitol Hill that, in light of developments both in the states and overseas, a comprehensive federal privacy framework is becoming increasingly necessary to address an increasingly fragmented and incongruous patchwork of privacy regulation to the detriment of consumers and industry.