To take advantage of the significant opportunities presented by the Internet of Things (IoT), companies must navigate a growing complexity of regulations across a number of topics, such as data protection, consumer protection and wireless with increased requirements in the pipeline across several areas such as certification, data privacy and cybersecurity.
IoT encompasses a large part of the legislative landscape including areas such as cybersecurity, privacy, product liability, geo-blocking and data protection. There has been a clear move forward in terms of regulatory developments with a lot of draft legislation currently in the pipeline. The existing legislative framework, including the Consumer Sales Directive, Consumer Rights Directive and the Product Liability Directive, all predate the advent of IoT, and therefore create possible legislative conundrums for those seeking redress.
This paper examines the key regulatory developments in the area of IoT in the EU, with a view to highlighting the shortcomings that exist. It also summarizes the action required by manufacturers in ensuring compliance with current and potential EU legislation.
Author: Donal Hynes, Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Donal is a Regulatory Compliance Specialist with Compliance & Risks, specializing in the area of consumer protection. He is an experienced legal researcher and specializes in the monitoring and analysis of regulatory changes. Donal has a Bachelor of Arts (Legal and History) and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Masters in law (LLM) from University College Cork.