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Is It Illegal to Install a ‘Hidden’ Smart Speaker?

Certain state laws prohibit audio recording in covert applications, so can you disguise an Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Jason Knott · December 18, 2018

Should You Add Surcharge to Clients Who Pay by Credit Card?

Legal expert Ken Kirschenbaum advises integrators to be careful about adding credit card surcharges.

Jason Knott · November 20, 2018

Vizio to Pay $17M in ‘Spying’ Class-Action Lawsuit Decision

Vizio settles $17 million class-action lawsuit regarding its Smart Interactivity software that tracked viewers usage habits and sold data to third parties without permission.

Jason Knott · October 15, 2018

J. Geiger ‘Utterly Failed’ on Infringement Claims Against Lutron’s Palladiom Motorized Shades

J Geiger denied request for preliminary injunction against the sale of Lutron’s new motorized shading line

Julie Jacobson · September 19, 2018

Careful on 1099 vs Employee: Wrong Contract Can Bite You in the … Achilles

Security dealer hires full-time ‘independent’ 1099 salesman who gets bit by a dog during a sales call. Who is liable for medical expenses and lost wages?

Julie Jacobson · August 13, 2018

CTA, SIA Blast Trump Tariffs as Bad for Smart-Home and Security

Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Security Industry Association (SIA) say U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods will hurt the smart-home industry, especially the thermostat and security markets.

Jason Knott · July 25, 2018

Smart Homes Tied to Domestic Abuse: ‘Going Crazy’

Exes are remotely controlling smart thermostats, lights, cameras, other smart-home devices to ‘watch and listen’ and ‘scare or show power,’ NYT reports.

Julie Jacobson · June 24, 2018

Thorny Legalities of Video Surveillance in MDU Applications

Supplying surveillance video for ‘lawful purposes’ of apprehending suspects is OK., but there are numerous complex legalities for which dealers need protection.

Jason Knott · June 20, 2018

Lessons from ADT Lawsuit: Watch those Tiny Little Clauses in Employee Agreements

Former ADT salesperson can proceed with lawsuit for claims such as “Failure to adequately reimburse plaintiff for expenses he incurred while using his personal vehicle for work.”

CE Pro Editors · May 30, 2018

Who ‘Owns’ Doorbell Camera Surveillance Video? (and 4 Other Legal Questions)

With the proliferation of front door camera systems such as Ring, Nest Hello and others, the liability and ownership rights to the images is coming to the forefront.

Jason Knott · March 28, 2018