Brighton: Ensure NH has safe and secure electronics repair

New Hampshire Business Review: Brighton: Ensure NH has safe and secure electronics repair

By Dusty Brighton

“The products in our hands and internet-connected products at our homes (appliances, home automation systems and medical products) and places of work (farm equipment, trucks and tablets) are empowering tools that can be used to run a business, make financial decisions, ease our lives and stay connected to friends and family.

Consumer electronics are critical to our daily lives. But that integration poses new security and privacy challenges. This week, the New Hampshire House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee will hold a public work session focused on determining the best way for consumers to have consumer electronics repaired in a convenient, safe and secure manner.”

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Keep repair secure

SC Times: https://www.sctimes.com/story/opinion/2019/04/22/keep-repair-secure/3502493002/

By Earl Crane

AUSTIN, Texas — Today’s electronic products – from smartphones to internet-connected appliances and fire alarms – are complex engineering feats that require advanced skill and training to repair safely and securely. This is not like repairing your toaster.

The connectivity and capability of the latest technologies offer great benefits, but also requires great caution. Activities that may seem harmless, like opening a device to change a battery, also breaks the integrity of the device.

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Protect state consumers’ personal data with a ‘no’ vote

Times Union: Protect state consumers’ personal data with a ‘no’ vote

By Tim Sparapani

“We live in a world where nearly every “thing” soon will be connected to the Internet, thus virtually connecting to each other and to us. The aptly named “Internet of Things” holds tremendous promise.

For Consolidated Edison in New York City, the IoT means the ability to connect more than 4 million electricity and gas customers to a smart grid and support New York’s efforts to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent in the next 32 years. In the Capital Region, the town of Clifton Park has installed 14,000 smart meters as part of the state’s energy efficiency program. For the city of Buffalo, a “smart” recycling tote that has sensors attached to the underside of its lid can send data over a wireless network so that refuse collectors can monitor when the tote is full to improve the efficiency of recycling routes.”

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New bill would set a dangerous precedent for cybersecurity in Illinois

State Journal-Register: New bill would set a dangerous precedent for cybersecurity in Illinois

By Paul Paget

“We live in exciting times when Internet-connected products are enabling surgeons to operate on patients from thousands of miles away and traffic sensors on roads, light poles and buildings talk to cars to reduce daily commute times and bring you home safely to your family.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing society as we know it. And, it is happening quickly. Connected objects and products are critical to our daily lives. But that integration poses new security and privacy challenges. In the coming years, billions of interconnected products will interface and communicate with each other — from autonomous vehicles to smart cities and artificial intelligence.”

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Solutions of the Past Don’t Help with Challenges in the Future

Fox and Hounds Daily: Solutions of the Past Don’t Help with Challenges in the Future

By Paul Paget

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is here. We see it around us every day — from our wireless thermostats to our voice-activated Bluetooth speakers to road sensors that alert our cars to cold surface temperatures.

The IoT already includes billions of Internet-connected products that provide a myriad of services that simplify things, as they sense, calculate and control processes, helping us to execute basic tasks or informing us to make better decisions. Since the inception of the Internet, we have heard much about cybersecurity – mostly about breaches — but also a lot of discussion about the need for consumers, businesses and governments to protect themselves from identify theft, ransomware, and predators attempting to disrupt our lives.”

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Repairing consumer privacy in a digital world

Capitol Weekly: Repairing consumer privacy in a digital world

By Tim Sparapani 

“Recently introduced legislation in the California Assembly (AB 2110), would require manufacturers to provide independent repair shops with the same parts, tools, software, and other information that they provide to their authorized repair shops for the repair of Internet-connected electronics – from smart phones to home appliances to toys to fire alarms.

The idea is to create more repair options for consumers. One effect of the legislation, however, is that it would provide anyone with full access to the security and privacy features of these products, both physical components and software/firmware.”

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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.”