D66: sales ban unsafe IoT devices

D66: sales ban unsafe IoT devices

Tech November 21, 2016 09:27

- A sales ban should be for devices that are not securely connected to the internet. Also, there should be a safety label for appliances that meet certain safety requirements. This is suggested by D66, which drafted an initiative paper on the Internet of Things (IoT).

These include for example, smart thermostats that can be controlled from a smartphone, toilets which can preheat the glasses, diapers give a signal when the baby pooped and door locks that connect to the internet. '' It offers many advantages and convenience. At the same time, there are risks such as theft of personal information and hacks which the device is shut down or taken over, '' said the party.

Devices that are easy to hack, may not be sold, says D66 MP Kees Verhoeven. 'Devices must be fireproof, otherwise they can not be sold. But a web camera that you hang in the nursery is not checked on Internet security. Many people are not aware that some cameras anyone can watch them over the internet. ''

Devices connected to the Internet, which must meet minimum safety concerns D66. The party thinks this instance standards for encryption of data, demands on the default password, implementing software updates and clear user manuals.

In the United States, companies are obliged to report the security features of devices regulator FCC, stating the D66. The party wants the Netherlands devices that already satisfy get a safety mark on this security, allowing consumers to see at a glance whether a product is safe or not.

The National Cyber ​​Security Centre, moreover, already indicated earlier this month that smart devices should be safer, and that politics and business as internationally to work. The center came up with this statement after several major cyber attacks, in which hackers used the internet of things. For example, a botnet of webcams, VCRs and other contaminated equipment was used for a DDoS attack on the company Dyn. That meant that the Internet in the United States a day of largely crashed.\n  \n  \n   advertisement

The Internet of Things is ideal for hackers. The devices are poorly protected. The creators want to bring them to market as quickly and as cheaply as possible, the center said. Updating is difficult. Users themselves would not know if hackers take control and are therefore less motivated to provide good security. At the same time the devices are permanently online.

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