With Wi-Fi seemingly around most every corner; devices in our hands, bodies, cars and homes connected to the Internet; and questions about the reliability and security of this connectivity, it’s inevitable the “Internet of Things” will be the subject of legal battles. A new book by University of Dayton law professor Thaddeus Hoffmeister will help anyone with legal questions and issues about connected devices.
“The Internet of Things is defined as anything embedded with technology to allow it to interact in real time with the environment around it, people or other devices,” Hoffmeister said. “At a minimum, anybody with a cell phone or devices hooked to Wi-Fi at home should be concerned about the law of the Internet of things. But if people take the time to drill down further into their everyday lives, this affects banking, medical records and ordering food most anywhere. In 2020, it’s a rare occasion when somebody does something that isn’t affected by some form of Internet connectivity.
“While all the ramifications of the Internet of Things are not fully understood today, one thing is very clear: the Internet of Things will impact our legal system.”