West Virginia Law Review

Document Type

2017 Evolving Investigative Technologies and the Law Symposium


In an era of diminishing privacy, the Internet of Things ("loT") has become a consensual and inadvertent tool that undermines privacy protection. The loT, really systems of networks connected to each other by the Internet or other radio-type device, creates consensual mass self-surveillance in such domains as fitness and the Fitbit, health care and heart monitors, "smart" houses and cars, and even "smart" cities. The multiple networks also have created a degree of interconnectivity that has opened up a fire hose of information for companies and governments alike, as well as making it virtually insuperable to live "off the grid" in the modem era. This treasure trove of information allows for government tracking in unprecedented ways. This Article explores the influence of the JoT, the mass self-surveillance it produces on privacy, and the new shapes of privacy that are emerging as a result. This Article offers several forms of protection against the further dissipation of privacy.



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