Jarrell Cook

Innovation-stifling ‘toys and toasters’ bill regulating the Internet of Things up for hearing May 9

By Jarrell Cook, Legislative Manager, Government Relations

Capitol Update, May 5, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The growing industry of manufacturing connected devices that comprise the Internet of Things is poised to improve consumers’ lives, allow California manufacturers to be more productive, and make our cities smarter, cleaner and more efficient. Policy experts and regulators at the state and federal level have agreed that the best way to balance the interest of protecting consumers and promoting innovation is to avoid overregulation and, instead, develop collaborative partnerships between policy makers and the manufacturing industry.

SB 327 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) would upset that consensus, brazenly wading into the complicated sphere of cybersecurity and privacy wielding a sledgehammer where a scalpel is required. The bill would impose infeasible mandates that restrict how manufacturers may design their products, create unworkable requirements for retailers to provide consumers a complete dossier on how the smart devices they sell will use their data, and require that manufacturers comply with an ambiguous cybersecurity standard that would expose them to unwarranted litigation.

Manufacturers are already, voluntarily, designing their devices, disclosures, and policies to be clear with consumers. State and federal law enforcement already has the power to pursue the bad actors that violate those agreements. CMTA believes California laws in this area should take an approach that supports, not stifles, advancements around emerging technologies and the Internet of Things that will help manufacturers pursue the innovations that make our future better.

SB 327 will be heard on May 9 at 1:30pm by the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information on how this legislation will affect your company, please contact Jarrell Cook, Associate Policy Director for Governmental Relations, at jcook@cmta.net or by phone 916-498-3356.

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