IoT Product Safety: If It Appears Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

Dark Reading: Proposed connected-product repair laws will provide hackers with more tools to make our lives less secure.

By Pat Osborne

“There are times when you see or read something for the first time and it makes sense. But later, after you have had some time to think about it, the idea or proposal might not be as straightforward as you originally thought. This is where I am on connected-product repair legislation that has been introduced in more than 17 states.”

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Statement on Proposed California Repair Legislation

Yesterday, California Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman announced plans to introduce electronics repair legislation. Below is a statement from Tim Sparapani, a consumer privacy advisor for the Security Innovation Center, on the proposed legislation:

Statement from Tim Sparapani, consumer privacy advisor for the Security Innovation Center

“Laws and regulations should first and foremost protect consumers from bad actors. We are concerned that the proposed bill, written with the best of intentions, is laced with unintended consequences that could lead to the creation of more vulnerabilities for California consumers. While I respect the opinions of my fellow consumer advocates, the privacy and cybersecurity risks outweigh any potential benefits.”