The Internet of Things (IoT) is undoubtedly going to play a major role in the workplace. Because an employer has a number of critical employee-related interests in securing IoT data, including protecting securing otherwise private employee and business information as well as protecting trade secrets, employment lawyers should be in the conversation with the technology acquisition and development teams as they develop an IoT acquisition policy. Here is how to create such a policy.
From the FTC’s new report on the Internet of Things [pdf]:
IoT presents a variety of potential security risks that could be exploited to harm consumers by: (1) enabling unauthorized access and misuse of personal information; (2) facilitating attacks on other systems; and (3) creating risks to personal safety. …[P] rivacy risks may flow from the collection of personal information, habits, locations, and physical conditions over time… companies might use this data to make credit, insurance, and employment decisions.