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California Enacts Security Law for Alexa, Other IoT Devices

Sept. 28, 2018, 10:41 PM

Internet-connected devices sold in California must use “reasonable” security features by Jan. 1, 2020 under a new state law.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed two identical bills Sept. 28 that make California the first state in the country to mandate security on the devices, from security cameras, televisions and refrigerators to smart home devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

If the devices connect directly or indirectly to the internet and are assigned internet protocol or Bluetooth addresses, they must have reasonable security features.

California’s new law come amid rising privacy and security concerns about Internet of Things (IoT)...

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