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Internet of Things (IoT) legislationhas been virtually nonexistent over the years. This is all about to change, but there’s no need for panic or for everyone to grab their pitch forks and torches. Legislation for IoT will be limited and aims to help improve the standards and security of IoT devices. This is a good thing, but before discussing impending legislation and the ramifications of said laws, it’s important to understand the history behind them.

What IoT regulations?

The relaxed restrictions IoT has enjoyed for several years were carried over from when the U.S. Congress used a hands-off approach with regulating the internet as a whole. However, this laid-back approach has been weakening with companies like Facebook and Google, many of whom have been facing data security issues and congressional hearings over the last few years. This, in tandem with cybersecurity risks from other countries, has raised the stakes as Congress looks to limit the risk to the United States’ infrastructure, economy and security. Consumers are already well-aware of the risks of webcam hijacking and the U.S. Congress is not blind to this issue at a broader level.

Currently, there are several U.S. agencies whose authority is implicit to their roles and jurisdictions. The Department of Commerce, Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Justice all have some form of IoT regulation, but many are wary of department overreach or, in juxtaposition, inaction. Overlapping responsibilities create a classic bureaucratic challenge; everyone is in charge, and no one is in charge. The need for one over-arching authority is apparent.

Read more about the DoD and IoT regulation here:

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