Privacy of Things: Which Security Requirements to Consider for the Smart Devices’ Manufacturing

On September 28, 2018, the state of California approved the bill regulating privacy and security issues in one of the leading sectors of the tech industry — the Internet of Things or, simply said, smart devices. While progress-minded appliance makers talk about the magic benefits of the smart fridge, the IoT law will regulate its “black” side — the use and protection of the data collected by the IoT devices.

With the fast grow (according to the predictions, the total IoT market will double by 2021, reaching $520 billion worldwide) will come some challenges for this industry.  Yet, the big question is whether we should adopt specific laws, like the Californian one, or leave it for the already existing regulations on cybersecurity and personal data protection. However, it is out of the question that there are responsibilities for smart devices manufacturers to take into account.

What Is It and Why Should It Be Regulated?

Simply put, a smart device is any thing that is connected to the Internet and collects the data around it through the sensors. The Internet of Things, accordingly, constitutes a network of smart devices jointly collecting and combining the data around them.

It is considered that the first IoT device was created back in 1989 by John Romkey, the American technologist. It was a toaster that could be turned on and off over the Internet. Thank to cheap microchips today, smart devices are becoming commonplace in our everyday life. Everything around us can now be connected to the world wide web — fridges, doorbells, speakers, vacuum cleaners, and even outlets. ..Read More..

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