Cybersecurity Act In EU Will Not Require Certification For IoT Devices Leaving Consumers Concerned About Security And Privacy
The European Union took steps to get new rules on cybersecurity cooperation and certification between the countries. This happened after the European parliament's industry committee, ITRE, proposed the Cybersecurity Act.
However, consumer groups are not happy with the text that's going through. They say it leaves a major attack vector open because it doesn't introduce mandatory security certifications for connected consumer products, such as smartwatches and smart home devices.
The certification would state that the service or product complies with international standards, has no known vulnerabilities, and can be used by authorized users. According to the BEUC, the European consumer organization, people are not realizing the severity of the threat by the connected devices. These devices are produced without proper security and will soon be the center of the next big cybersecurity crisis.
Consumer groups want the institutions to mandate strong passwords, security updates, and encryptions for connected cars, smart watches, and smart fridges. If the law is passed, the retailers will be forced to at least tell their customers about the installation of security updates and other similar details.
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