Jarrell Cook

Bill to regulate the 'Internet of Things' fails to move forward

By Jarrell Cook, Legislative Manager, Government Relations

Capitol Update, June 2, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 327 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara), would have imposed unnecessary and unworkable constraints on the manufacturers of connected devices, but it failed to move off the Senate floor. CMTA and a coalition of industry stakeholders persuaded lawmakers that the bill’s expansive reach, including any device connected to a network itself or could connect to a device that could connect to a network. combined with its clunky and contradictory mandates on cybersecurity, labeling, notification, and consent, made it the wrong vehicle to achieve the goal of protecting consumers.

CMTA was able to provide information to the Capitol and make clear exactly how the provisions of the bill created unavoidable traps for connected device manufacturers – many of whom are California’s leading entrepreneurs and small businesses – that would expose them to drive-by lawsuits even when they behaved responsibly and acted in good faith.

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