June 13, 2018 | Law360

Product Liability Meets The Internet Of Things At The CPSC

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"Product Liability Meets The Internet Of Things At The CPSC" article by Heather Capell Bramble and Thomasina Poirot published on June 13, 2018, in Law360. Here is an excerpt:

On May 16, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission held a public hearing to receive testimony on issues related to the internet of things and product safety. Thirteen diverse stakeholders presented at the hearing, including three representatives of consumer organizations, one academic, one security expert and researcher, one representative from a testing lab coalition, one representative from a testing and voluntary consensus standards organization, two representatives from international interests, and three representatives from industry trade associations or coalitions. While each presenter had his/her own agenda, there was some agreement: There are potentially significant safety, privacy, and product liability issues associated with emerging internet of things technologies. At the hearing, the CPSC learned there are currently 8.4 billion connected things, and 5 billion consumer applications — numbers allegedly on track to double by the year 2020.