The internet of things (IoT) is changing the way we work, spend our free time, and communicate, but it’s also led to concern among legal and IT professionals about security. These days, law firms are incorporating IoT into e-discovery, privacy and cybersecurity practices.

The surging popularity of interconnected IoT (Internet of Things) devices—ranging from smart home gadgets like Alexa and Ring doorbells to large-scale commercial applications such as sensor-equipped trash cans—demonstrates the many potential benefits of smart technologies. However, the ubiquity of IoT devices also poses serious risks, particularly for businesses. Data privacy implications, data risk management, and even the technology itself can confuse corporations and the law firms that advise them.