December 8, 2016

The FCC has abandoned its plans to draft rules that would ensure the security of connected devices.

The regulatory measures aimed at the Internet of Things (IoT) were designed to address “cyber risks that cannot be addressed through market-based measures,” according to an agency letter and work plan that was attached to a letter sent to Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

The notice of proposed rulemaking that the agency was drafting included examining changes to the FCC’s equipment certification process and consumer labeling requirements intended to inform customers better of potential cyber risks associated with products and services.

The plans have been put on hold as the Trump Administration transitions into office.