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Internet of Things

Internet of Things technologies require the communication between devices on telecom networks that vary depending on the type of service provided.  Such communications in some cases lead to telecom law issues in relation to the possibility to use the relevant telecom network and obligations triggered by such usage.  These are among the issues that the Italian telecom authority, AGCOM and the UK telecom authority, OFCOM, will be discussing during the current consultation on the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will enable devices to communicate and share data with one another and data to be combined and used across multiple applications.  However, such applications also raise relevant legal issues.  The Italian Telecom Authority (AGCOM) has for this purpose just launched a consultation on the Internet of Things in order to understand how to better foster this market whose value will reach $ 7.1 trillion in sales by 2020.  

The Internet of Things is expected to lead to 50 billion connected devices by 2020 collecting and exchanging personal data about their users, their lives, their preferences and tastes.  This will lead not only to relevant data protection issues, but also to increased cybercrime related risks triggering the need to ensure a higher level of cyber security.