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Your ‘smart home’ is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

Smart-home devices like thermostats and fridges may be too smart for comfort – especially in a country with few laws preventing the sale of digital data to third parties.

This problem stems from the US government buying data from private companies, a practice increasingly unearthed in media investigations though still quite shrouded in secrecy. It’s relatively simple in a country like the United States without strong privacy laws: approach a third-party firm that sells databases of information on citizens, pay them for it and then use the data however deemed fit.

Full article: Your ‘smart home’ is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police | Technology | The Guardian

Drivers To Be Given Real-Time “Risk Scores” Using Embedded Telematic Surveillance Sensors

Today’s cars have at least 100 built-in (telematic) sensors which permanently monitor speed, engine temperature and braking processes while collecting a variety of other data.

A new whitepaper by Cognizant, titled “The New Auto Insurance Ecosystem: Telematics, Mobility and the Connected Car” reveals that real reason behind machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, or telematics in new cars is to more precisely assess risk.

A driver must connect their smartphone through a vehicle’s proprietary Bluetooth network, which records and stores each phone’s MAC address. The vehicle’s proprietary infotainment system also stores each and every phone call made or received. This creates a real privacy risks – auto dealers could download all that information without the drivers knowledge when they bring their car in for repairs or inspections. It is also not hard to imagine law enforcement having access to all that data if warranted.

Full article: Drivers To Be Given Real-Time “Risk Scores” Using Embedded Telematic Surveillance Sensors | MassPrivateI

Lawmakers reintroduce legislation to secure internet-connected devices

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Wednesday again rolled out legislation intended to help secure internet-connected devices and increase consumer confidence in them.

The Cyber Shield Act would create a voluntary cybersecurity certification program for internet-connected devices, also known as Internet of Things (IoT) devices. These include everything from mobile phones to smart kitchen appliances to baby monitors, with more devices in use every year.

The bill would also establish an advisory committee made up of cybersecurity experts in government, the private sector and academia to create security benchmarks for internet-connected devices. The benchmarks would enable the devices’ manufacturers to voluntarily label their products to show they have met these standards.

Source: Lawmakers reintroduce legislation to secure internet-connected devices | TheHill

Commission reveals details on future EU robotics policy

The European Commission aims to present a revision of the machinery directive in the second quarter this year, and it has recently been revealed that there are plans to tackle issues related to ‘human-robot’ collaboration, as well as improve the transparency of Artificial Intelligence algorithms in robots.

Moreover, the Commission will also look at the radio equipment directive, which covers communications transmitted by devices connected to the Internet of Things, in an attempt to bolster privacy protocols.

Source: Commission reveals details on future EU robotics policy  – EURACTIV.com

Google Smart Speakers Offer Guest Mode for Privacy

Google smart speakers are getting a new setting that will allow consumers to significantly boost the privacy of their devices using voice commands, instead of having to sort through menus on the Home app.

The new setting, called Guest Mode, limits the device’s ability to collect data about users’ interactions with Google Assistant on the speaker, while retaining most of the popular functionality, including the option to field questions, play music, set timers, and control smart home devices.

Source: Google Smart Speakers Offer Guest Mode for Privacy – Consumer Reports

German Federal Government Passed a Draft Law Amending Germany’s Information Technology Laws

On December 16, 2020, the German Federal Government passed a draft law that substantially amends some of Germany’s information technology laws.

These amendments aim to adapt the current legal framework to the increasing digitalization of products and services, the proliferation of IoT products, and the appearance of new cybersecurity threats. The draft law is expected to be enacted in the German Parliament in the first quarter of 2021.

Source: German Federal Government Passed a Draft Law Amending Germany’s Information Technology Laws | Inside Privacy

US Congress passes new IoT cybersecurity law

In response to high-profile data breaches and security warnings from the technology industry and independent agencies alike, members of U.S. Congress have been working for years to address security concerns involving Internet-of-Things devices.

Congress recently made significant progress toward greater IoT security in the United States when it enacted the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020, which entered into force Dec. 4, 2020. Although the new IoT cybersecurity law focuses primarily on the procurement of IoT technology and products by the federal government, it has the potential to create a more uniform IoT security standard across the private sector.

Source: US Congress passes new IoT cybersecurity law

Congress Passes IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020

The bipartisan Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 has passed the House and the Senate and is headed to the President’s desk for signature.

The bill would “harness the purchasing power of the federal government and incentivize companies to finally secure the [internet-connected] devices they create and sell.”

The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act will require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) to develop minimum cybersecurity standards for internet-connected devices purchased or used by the federal government.

Source: IoT Update: Congress Passes IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020

The next generation of wearables will be a privacy minefield

Amazon and Facebook are poised to gain newfound insights into our emotions. The privacy implications would be enormous.

Facebook will be piloting a new set of glasses that will lay the groundwork for an eventual consumer-ready product. Though the project is in its infancy, company is clearly enthusiastic about its potential.

But if you’re among those who believe Facebook already knows too much about our lives, you’re probably more than slightly disturbed by the idea of Facebook having a semi-permanent presence on your actual face.

Full article: The next generation of wearables will be a privacy minefield | Engadget

Putin’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: Dangerous New ‘Cyber Weapons’ Now Exposed

The successor agency to Russia’s KGB has been hacked again—and the exposed tools represent a threat to us all.

This one has exposed “a new weapon ordered by the security service,” one that can be used to execute cyber attacks on IoT devices. The goal of the so-called “Fronton Program” is to exploit IoT security vulnerabilities en masse—remember, these technologies are fundamentally less secure than other connected devices in homes and offices.

Source: Putin’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: Dangerous New ‘Cyber Weapons’ Now Exposed

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