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Privacy concerns echo across new smart device technology

Published on: 19 October 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Privacy concerns echo across new smart device technology
  • What is Amazon Echo and how does it fit in with other voice recognition ‘virtual assistant’ services such as Siri and Google Now?
  • What are the main privacy and data protection concerns surrounding this type of technology?
  • Is current legislation adequate to deal with these concerns—and will General Data Protection Regulation change things?
  • Have there been any cases specifically relating to privacy aspects of virtual assistants?
  • What steps should companies providing this technology take to ensure they remain compliant with their legal obligations and protect their reputation?
  • What privacy concerns have been raised surrounding the broader picture of ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT)?
  • Any predictions for the future of virtual assistant technology?

Article summary

IP & IT analysis: Amazon Echo has recently been launched in the UK. Krysia Oastler, associate at Kemp Little, and Nicola Fulford, partner at the firm, provide some background on the technology behind the device and consider the associated privacy concerns. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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