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California passes divisive 2020 IoT security law

California has approved SB-327, a bill that will mandate that connected device manufacturers take appropriate measures to protect their products. However, the law is coming into power at the beginning of 2020, and a selection of critics argue that it is targeting the wrong aspect of device security. It seems that the impact of the law will depend heavily on the judge presiding over the case. The text itself is pretty concise. It calls for the manufacturer of a connected device to equip it with a “reasonable security feature” or features that are “appropriate” to the nature and function of the device, “appropriate” to the information it collects, and “designed to protect the device and any information contained therein from…

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