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“Cyber Shield” Legislation: Protecting IoT Users or Stifling Innovation?

On October 27, 2017, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Calif.) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Cyber Shield Act of 2017 (the Act).  The Act would direct the Department of Commerce to create a voluntary self-certification program that would independently identify, verify, and label compliant Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices with strong cybersecurity standards.