The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill (PSTIB) will be re-read on 26 January 2022.
The Bill would:
Information about the Bill’s stages and related publications is provided on the Page for Parliamentary Bill.
Security requirements must be met for connected products
Part 1 of the Bill deals with the power and obligation to set security requirements for connected products such as smart phones, smart TVs and connected speakers. These products could also referred to as “smart devices”Or “internet of things (IoT”) devices.
What are the safety and security standards of smart devices?
Although connected products are subjected a certain safety standard, there are no current mandatory security requirements. Consumers are becoming more concerned about the possible risks associated with these products. These include privacy and safety issues as well as the possibility of cyber-attacks.
The Government published a voluntary Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security,2018 It gave manufacturers and others guidance (13 Principles), about how to ensure secure connectable products.
In 2019, the Government sought consultation on the possibility of imposing mandatory security requirements for connectable products. This was done to address low adoption rates and ongoing risks to consumers. Legislative proposals were considered in 2020.
What would you do to change the Bill?
The Bill would allow Secretary of State to regulate security requirements for UK-sold connected products.
The The Government has statedThe Bill intends to have the following effects:
Some products, such as smart meters, medical equipment and vehicles, will be exempted.
The Government indicated that it will use clause 1 of Bill to implement the Code of Practice’s top 3 guidelines.
It would also impose duties on manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of these products to ensure compliance with the statutes.
The Bill describes a range of enforcement options that may be used in the case of a breach. For serious issues of non-compliance, the Bill sets the maximum penalty at £10 million or 4% of the company’s worldwide revenue.
Modifications to the electronic communications code
Part 2 would include modifications to the electronic communication codes (ECC). The ECC governs all rights of telecoms firms to build infrastructure on UK soil.
Reforms in ECC before.
2017 saw significant reforms to ECC. These included changes in rights of share and upgrade infrastructure, as well as changes to dispute settlement procedures. It also changed the value of land to determine rents for hosting telecom equipment.
The ECC reforms have been controversial. There have been many opposing views from site providers and telecoms operators. The Government must strike a delicate balance between making digital connectivity available to all and protecting property rights.
The land valuation reforms are particularly controversial. Reports indicate that Rents for hosting telecom equipmentThey have been reduced in some cases. According to the ECC this is a major reason for Restrictions on infrastructure roll-outthrough lengthy negotiations and legal procedures.
The Government’s consultationThe Bill did not include a section on land valuation.
What would the Bill change?
The Bill encourages faster and better collaboration in the installation and maintenance of private telecoms equipment. The GovernmentThis would allow rapid rollout digital infrastructure such gigabit broadband or 5G.
These are the changes that would be made to the Bill:
Most of these changes were controversial for both telecom operators and site providers. While telecom operators agreed that changes were needed, most site providers disagreed.
The Bill would apply to the whole of the UK.