With cyber security concerns over smart toys, should retailers be held responsible for vulnerable products?

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With cyber security concerns over smart toys, should retailers be held responsible for vulnerable products?

With each new cyber attack on internet of things (IoT) devices, it’s clear that manufacturers need to work harder at building security into their products, but retailers cannot be let off the hook. As strict laws exist in the UK to safeguard children’s privacy, it’s extremely concerning that connected toys sold online still pose serious privacy risks.

Following warnings about cyber security threats, retailers have a responsibility to protect their customers, and the recent decision by Amazon and Ebay to withdraw smart toys from sale is a step in the right direction. The US has introduced an IoT Cyber Security Improvement Act, meaning all IoT devices must meet a certain standard of security before being acquired by the US government.

I hope that the move to ban goods which pose a security threat is the first step by UK retailers to enforce a minimum security standard for manufacturers. Only then can we ensure that gifts bought online are safe and compliant.

 

Read More: http://www.cityam.com/287552/debate-cyber-security-concerns-over-smart-toys-should

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