California’s Anti-Eavesdropping Act Would Impose $2,500 Fines For Each Connected Device If Our Data Protection Is Violated
A bill moving through the California legislature would bar companies from saving, storing or sharing data collected from smart speakers without written consent.
The Anti-Eavesdropping Act would execute a $2,500 fine for every connected device that the company produces in violation of this rule. A recent report suggests that Amazon’s employees who listen to Alexa’s audio recordings can, at times, notice private conversations. This bill would put that to an end. Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham introduced the bill because of the multiple issues with the lack of privacy with connected devices.
Industries and companies have mentioned that this bill is not really necessary as there is another law which required IoT devices to have certain security features before they are sold. By collecting a huge amount of data, the companies are now under pressure about how they would use this data. San Francisco is looking to pass a bill with the increase in biometric scanning and facial recognition, where the companies would need consumer consent to redistribute data gathered from the sensors. If the government doesn’t take proper steps, citizens would lose faith and creating a smart city would never be possible.
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