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Debate Begins on Internet of Things Regulation

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 28, 2016 9:22:02 AM

Members of the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing that examined the feasibility of regulating IoT devices.

As a result of the DDoS attack in October, discussion has begun on the ways the Internet of Things should be regulated, noting that neither the sellers or the buyers have any incentive to address the issue.

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From the article on scmagazine.com:

“The market really can't fix this. The buyer and seller don't care,” testified Bruce Schneier, a computer security expert and fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. “I argue that government has to get involved, that this is a market failure and what I need are some good regulations.”

Schneier predicted that the U.S. might even need to create a brand new agency to manage IoT technology because it represents a singular, unprecedented threat covering an unwieldy range of computerized devices, including cameras and electronics, smart home devices, automobiles and more.

“When it didn't matter – when it was Facebook, when it was Twitter, when it was email, it was okay to let programmers [have] the special right to code the world as they saw fit,” said Schneier, noting that he's generally not a proponent of regulation. “But now that it's the ‘World of Dangerous Things' – that it's cars and planes and medical devices and everything else – maybe we can't do that anymore.”

Read the complete article here.


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