Category Archives: Internet of Things

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance for Businesses

On June 21, 2017, the FTC updated its COPPA Compliance Guidance for businesses. The new guidance includes new descriptions of services and products covered by COPPA, and new methods for obtaining parental consent.

Though the guidance is new, the subjects of the guidance generally are not; for example, “internet-enabled location-based services” have long been within the ambit of COPPA because geolocation information has long been part of the definition of “personal information” of children that COPPA regulates.… More

Cybersecurity, A-Z: D is for Drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” as they’re commonly called, touch on numerous hot-button cybersecurity issues.  As devices connected to networks, they are important when considering the “internet of things.”  As used by the government, they present surveillance concerns.  Over the past decade, they have been increasingly used for military operations — although civilian drones now far outnumber military drones.  (The FAA has estimated that by 2020,… More