IoT Security Laws Now Tighter in California

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A new bill for California states that all gadgets and devices must have a standard protection feature against malicious malware / Photo by Sdecoret via Shutterstock.com

 

It was reported before how the state of California has passed a bill regarding the increased security standard of smart and IoT devices. Today, the bill has gone to the next level as California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the almost identical Assembly and Senate bills the cover all electronic and smart device users within the state, according to a report that came out on engadget.com. The new laws could definitely set the standard for all the other states, as well as for different countries regarding how smart devices should be handled, and how the standard for security should be fleshed out more effectively.

The two laws state that all forms of gadgets and devices that have the capability of connecting to the internet will be required to have a standard of protection against malicious malware. This doesn’t mean that all devices will need to be made foolproof against any and all threats, but that there should be a level of safety that is present in the gadgets. The two laws take effect on January 1, 2020, which gives enough time for all companies to implement new security features on their products.

The laws have raised interest in many big tech companies, due to the fact that this could shift the way they build their devices in the future, and how it could affect the general outlook on the products today. Some of them have genuine concerns about the laws, including the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, whose members include AT&T and Intel. According to their statement, the new California laws were a way for the state to impose undefined rules and created a loophole that will let devices that are imported to circumvent the rules. For the Entertainment Software Association, there are already laws covering privacy protection that are reasonable.

Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson, who introduced one of the bills, stressed however that companies from overseas will still need to meet standards no matter where their gadgets were manufactured.