Volume: 19 Issue: 3
The Internet of Things (‘IoT’) is a concept whereby everyday devices are wirelessly connected to the internet and are capable of communicating with web based servers, with one another, and with us. A simple example is a smart home device, which enables a consumer to control their boiler from their phone, learns when the homeowner is in or out of the house and can adapt its functionality to mirror patterns of behaviour and usage. The IoT is designed to make life easier, but it provokes questions as to who is responsible when things go wrong. Here, Abigail Ash and Dr Sam De Silva of Nabarro LLP focus on two key areas of risk for the IoT: data breaches and liability for product failure.