France mulls manufacturer liability & open-sourcing,… | BeyondTrust

The French government has floated a proposal to make manufacturers of internet-connected devices liable for the security of their devices while they are on the market and to ensure that software running such devices be open-sourced once they reach the end of life stage. 

The proposal, if discussed at higher levels of government and implemented in the near future, may have far-reaching implications on the IoT industry. While imposing liability on manufacturers for the security of their devices could force them to invest more in design-by-default processes, open-sourcing software at end-of-life stage could ensure that people will be able to use their existing devices securely without having to purchase newer products. Read more..