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We live surrounded by the Internet of Things, or more simply put, connected devices. They know what temperature to heat our rooms, what time we get out of bed and when we leave for work. From the time we wake up until the time we drift off to sleep, these 8+ billion connected devices are capturing, tracking, reporting and responding to massive amounts of information. As costs for storage and processing continue to decrease, companies can collect, analyze, share and act on an ever-growing dataset.

Companies are constantly seeking to collect and find value in information from these devices, such as wearable fitness trackers that record the location and activity of employees, biometric scanners, oil and gas pipeline leak detectors, and personal and commercial monitoring systems that control security and energy use, monitor vehicles, or promote worker health and safety. The data from all of these devices creates a double-edged sword with the potential to simultaneously create enormous benefits and legal headaches for companies and their legal counsel.

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