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EU: Commission strengthens cybersecurity of wireless devices and products


The delegated act to the Radio Equipment adopted today aims to make sure that all wireless devices are safe before being sold on the EU market. This act lays down new legal requirements for cybersecurity safeguards, which manufacturers will have to take into account in the design and production of the concerned products. It will also protect citizens' privacy and personal data, prevent the risks of monetary fraud as well as ensure better resilience of our communication networks. he measures proposed today will cover wireless devices such as mobile phones, tablets and other products capable of communicating over the internet; toys and childcare equipment such as baby monitors; as well as a range of wearable equipment such as smartwatches or fitness trackers.

The new measures will help to

o Improve network resilience: Wireless devices and products will have to incorporate features to avoid harming communication networks and prevent the possibility that the devices are used to disrupt website or other services functionality.

o Better protect consumers' privacy: Wireless devices and products will need to have features to guarantee the protection of personal data. The protection of children's rights will become an essential element of this legislation. For instance, manufacturers will have to implement new measures to prevent unauthorized access or transmission of personal data.

o Reduce the risk of monetary fraud: Wireless devices and products will have to include features to minimize the risk of fraud when making electronic payments. For example, they will need to ensure better authentication control of the user in order to avoid fraudulent payments.

Related link: https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/policies/cybersecurity-certification-framework

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