The IoT has been defined as objects or “things” embedded with technology to allow them to interact in real time with the physical environment, people, and other devices—ranging from everyday household products like coffee makers and toothbrush to insulin pumps and component parts of machines. While all the ramifications of the IoT are not fully understood today, one thing is very clear: the IoT will impact our legal system. This book aims to serve as a starting point for those seeking a deeper understanding of the IoT’s role within the law or those searching for answers to novel legal questions that arise when machines go online to communicate with each other.
After providing a detailed explanation of the IoT and then examining its current regulatory framework, the book discusses the current and potential impact of the IoT in the following areas:
- Intellectual Property
- Consumer Protection Litigation
- Civil Discovery
- Criminal Law and Procedure
The book concludes with a chapter on international approaches to the regulation of IoT.