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Legal Limbo – Doing IoT Business in the Gray

IoT attorneys Ron Quirk and Alex Schneider are featured in a new podcast presented by IoT-Inc:  Legal Limbo – Doing IoT Business in the Gray.  This podcast is a lively discussion about the current state of Internet of Things (“IoT”) regulation, and where IoT laws are headed in the not-too-distant future.

Because IoT products didn’t exist when current product and service laws were enacted, we’re in a kind of a legal limbo until governments around the world ratify laws to regulate the technology and business of the Internet of Things. In the US, this is not happening in an orderly manner. Different agencies are charting their own, often overlapping, jurisdictions when it comes to the development and enforcement of IoT laws and regulations.

Topics Covered in the Podcast

  • Taxes and the Internet of Things.
  • Why IoT tech is legally different that the tech that came before it.
  • Why equipment manufacturers are likely to become legally responsible for security.
  • Why following the FTC’s cyber security best practices is the best bet for now.
  • How this red-light issue has galvanized agencies to act – even ones you wouldn’t expect.
  • The roles and responsibilities of the FCC, FTC, FDA, NHTSA and DOC – what they are, what they do, how they affect US and non-US companies and why you should care.
  • Changes in FCC regulations for manufactured equipment certification and when you must have it done.
  • What needs to be certified in an IoT product? Its components, systems or the product as a whole?
  • The turf battles over the overlap between government agencies.
  • How the Department of Commerce is coming on strong.

IoT Attorneys Ronald E. Quirk and Alex Schneider conduct legal and regulatory work in the Internet of Things & Connected Devices Practice Group at Marashlian & Donahue PLLC, The CommLaw Group. Mr. Quirk and Mr. Schneider serve the comprehensive needs of the burgeoning and complex Internet of Things industry, including: contracts and commercial law, privacy & cybersecurity, spectrum access, equipment authorization, tax, regulatory compliance planning, and more.  Mr. Quirk can be reached at req@commlawgroup.com or (703) 714-1305.   Mr. Schneider can be reached at ais@commlawgroup.com or (703) 714-1328.

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