If You’re Not Thinking About IoT Devices in Litigation Yet, Here’s Why You Should: eDiscovery Best Practices

This week’s post for IPRO’s blog discusses the ubiquity of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and how often they are becoming relevant in litigation today.

I don’t have to tell you that IoT devices are all over the place today. I’m sure many of you are using them and you’re probably using more than one device – I’ve stopped counting how many devices we use in our household. My daughter even has her own Amazon Echo Dot in her bedroom (because that’s where teenagers seem to spend more than 95% of their time these days).

IoT devices include everything from smart bulbs to smart thermostats (like Nest thermostats) to Fitbits and Apple Watches to Ring doorbells to Amazon Echos (for what it’s worth, we have all of those in our household). It even includes pacemakers, car infotainment systems and shoes where you can press a button to order a pizza (if you think I’m making that last one up, Pizza Hut marketed Pie Tops II sneakers few years ago that did just that). And more to come over time, I’m sure.


But how often are they discoverable in litigation? You can find out on IPRO’s blog here. It’s just one more click! This week, that leads to several examples of when they were actually relevant to litigation for both criminal and civil cases.  Enjoy the examples! 🙂

So, what do you think?  Have you had a case involving IoT data yet?  You may one day, maybe sooner than you think!  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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