Smart gadgets: Tougher rules for sellers of internet-enabled devices in the UK

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    joss
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      From the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-68917837

      Manufacturers will have to follow stricter rules if they want to sell “smart” gadgets in the UK after a new law came into effect.
      It is designed to ensure there is better security around devices such as baby monitors, televisions and speakers that are linked to the internet.
      These gadgets can pose a risk because cyber-criminals use them to hack into home networks and steal private data.
      The government said the new law should give consumers “peace of mind”.

      Until now, manufacturers were expected to follow security guidelines, but the new law makes three new requirements:
      that password procedures are more secure, including ensuring any set by the manufacturer are not left blank or using easy-to-guess choices like “12345” or “admin”
      that there is clarity around how to report “bugs” or security problems that arise
      that manufacturers and retailers inform customers how long they will receive support, including software updates, for the device they are buying
      Failure to meet these minimum requirements, known as the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) regime, can trigger fines

      Joss
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      Avatar photoWillis
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        It’s about time something like this happened. The amount of internet linked tech that the average household uses has been growing and growing and every device provides a potential window for cyber crime!

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        joss
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          @Willis  Yes you are right, it’s been a long time coming.

          Joss
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