January 09, 2017

On January 5, 2017, in one of its first acts in the new year, the FTC filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against Taiwanese manufacturer D-Link Corp. and its US subsidiary (together, D-Link), alleging that D-Link overstated the security of its routers and internet-connected cameras and, at the same time, failed to take reasonable steps to secure those devices from unauthorized access. The lawsuit against D-Link signals the FTC’s continued commitment to police data privacy and security in the fast-developing “Internet of Things” (IoT) space, particularly when a company’s internet-connected product and security designs depart from established best practices.