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Internet of Things and the Law

Author(s): Thaddeus Hoffmeister
Practice Area: Cybersecurity and data protection, Internet of things, Regulation and compliance (Cybersecurity and data protection), Regulation and compliance (Technology), Technology
Date: Oct 2020 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402433634
PLI Item #: 267497

The IoT has been defined as objects or “things” embedded with technology to allow them to interact in real time with the physical environment, people, and other devices—ranging from everyday household products like coffee makers and toothbrush to insulin pumps and component parts of machines. While all the ramifications of the IoT are not fully understood today, one thing is very clear: the IoT will impact our legal system. This book aims to serve as a starting point for those seeking a deeper understanding of the IoT’s role within the law or those searching for answers to novel legal questions that arise when machines go online to communicate with each other.

After providing a detailed explanation of the IoT and then examining its current regulatory framework, the book discusses the current and potential impact of the IoT in the following areas:

  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Consumer Protection Litigation
  • Civil Discovery
  • Criminal Law and Procedure

The book concludes with a chapter on international approaches to the regulation of IoT.

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Professor Thaddeus Hoffmeister teaches courses related to criminal law, technology, and the jury. He also directs the UDSL Criminal Law Clinic where his students represent indigent clients charged with criminal offenses. Hoffmeister previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Hoffmeister has published a number of books, law review articles, and essays exploring juries, the criminal justice system, and the Internet. His most recent book is entitled Social Media Law in a Nutshell.

In addition to his academic publications, Hoffmeister edits two blogs. His first blog, Juries, which has been continuously published since 2008, focuses on the various issues that arise with jurors and the jury process. His second blog, Social Media Law, examines social media’s impact on the legal system.

Hoffmeister has been widely cited in various media outlets ranging from the New York Times to CNN to Wired magazine. He has also made numerous appearances on both television and radio programs.

Outside of his work in academia, Hoffmeister teaches legal seminars to practicing attorneys and judges, works as an Acting Magistrate Judge in Dayton Municipal Court, and serves as a Judge Advocate General in the National Guard. He has also been a jury consultant on several high-profile cases including U.S. v. Barry Bonds.

Prior to joining UDSL, Hoffmeister worked on Capitol Hill, served in the military on Active Duty, and clerked for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. Hoffmeister is admitted to practice law in California, Indiana, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.