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Wilker Explores Legal Issues Related to the Internet of Things and Drones

November 7, 2014
Steven Wilker recently spoke at an Oregon State Bar continuing legal education seminar focused on legal ramifications of the technology behind the "Internet of Things and Drones." The "Internet of Things" refers to the development of everyday objects and appliances with network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data. The market for drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), is expanding rapidly, particularly the market for small UAVs (under 55 lbs.). These small UAVs can and often are used for data collection and transmission and can be purchased online starting for just a few hundred dollars. Steven explored legal issues arising from the exponential growth in data resulting from these new technologies, including privacy concerns, property rights, data collection and retention, and public versus private actors.

Steven is a member of Tonkon Torp’s Information Privacy & Security practice group, among others. He helps clients assess the risks from potential data breach incidents and navigate the myriad state law requirements for notifying customers and others of data security breaches involving personally identifiable information.

The event was co-sponsored by the Technology Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.