Smart Fridges Head From Kitchen To Courtroom

By Allison Grande (April 4, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT) -- Litigants wouldn't expect their refrigerators to provide the pivotal evidence against them in a high-stakes criminal or civil case, but with such everyday devices now tracking personal data, attorneys say that the reality of an appliance looming large in a trial isn't far off.

During a presentation in 1999, British technology pioneer Kevin Ashton coined the term "Internet of Things" to refer to the growing world of everyday objects such as appliances and cars that are being linked up to the Internet. Since then, the advent of Internet-enabled appliances, wearable fitness trackers and similar items has contributed to the explosion of...

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