Senators Propose Bill Aimed At IoT Personal Security For Consumers

Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill to improve IoT security for consumers.

The Internet of Things Consumer Tips to Improve Personal Security Act,” also called the IoT Consumer TIPS Act, would require the Federal Trade Commission to develop cyber-security resources for consumers, addressing how consumers can protect themselves against cybercriminals targeting internet-connected devices. This is part of a broader effort by the Senators to improve cybersecurity.

Republican Senator Roger Wicker and Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan introduced the bill.

“'With the holiday season upon us, many consumers are buying the latest internet-connected devices for their loved ones,” said Wicker. “As these devices enter the marketplace, it is important that Americans know how to protect themselves from cybercriminals. If enacted, this legislation would help consumers learn a few simple tricks to help guard against potential cyber intrusions.”

The legislation is intended to foster consumer confidence in IoT devices by providing resources for consumers to protect their devices from cybercriminals. Such devices include connected appliances, such as refrigerators, thermostats, cars, lights, home security cameras, and wearable technology such as smartwatches.

The FTC would be required to develop resources on its website to help consumers in areas including identifying the scope of security support from IoT device vendor after purchase, setting up an IoT device for use and accessing security services, tools or platforms that may help consumers manage connected devices.

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