Smarter Protections from "Smart" Devices
More and more families have connected devices in their homes, either an Amazon Echo or a Google Home, a smart TV, or a talking teddy bear. But many of these products aren't as safe as they should be, opening up families to security risks.
California's SB 327 will protect families by requiring the companies that manufacture these "smart" devices to equip them with appropriate security standards that protect the sensitive information they collect.
What you need to know:
- The market for connected devices is growing, but many have inadequate security.
- Devices can be exploited for the sensitive information they collect, including audio and voice recordings, their children's precise locations, when consumers sleep, and even what foods they eat.
- Industry leaders themselves have sounded the alarm that connected devices are desperately behind when it comes to security standards, and nine out of 10 consumers lack confidence in the security of connected devices.
What SB 327 would do:
- Require the manufacturers of connected devices to ensure that sensitive audio, video, geolocation, and general health information is protected by appropriate security measures.