As one who deals with this problem professionally on a daily basis, I assure you that legislation is critically needed. Insecure devices place more than their owners at risk. They become pawns in criminal enterprises. They are used to undermine the Internet. Device manufacturers continue to ignore this. Continued economic growth, at the point, will require legislation. As usual, California first.
As a person that volunteered with OTA on one IP related project, I would like to acknowledge that OTA was the most independent and transparent government agency I have ever been exposed to (and there are many at federal and state levels) which led to their being targeted and destroyed by Newt Gingrich. If anything describes his approach to government, it is this. Beware.
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