Analysis

Calif. Connected Device Privacy Bill Offers Risky Leeway

By Allison Grande (July 31, 2017, 5:51 PM EDT) -- Makers of internet-connected devices — from kitchen appliances, to fitness trackers, to automobiles — argue that policymakers should not enact strict mandates on data security and privacy that could dampen innovation in their evolving industry, and to that end, first-of-its-kind California legislation might seem to be ideal.

But the would-be law's flexibility could invite security gaps that might imperil consumers' privacy and make the devices — and the companies that make them — vulnerable to cyberattack, attorneys say.

State Senate Bill 327 would aim to regulate the hazards inherent in an expanding universe of internet-connected devices in part by permitting makers...

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