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New state law requires safeguards against hacking for baby monitors

New state law requires safeguards against hacking for baby monitors

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Internet-connected baby monitors sold in New Jersey will be required to include security features to guard against hacking, according to a law that Gov. Chris Christie signed Thursday.

The law will take effect in December 2018.

“One of your first instincts as a parent is to do everything possible to ensure the safety of your child at all times,” said the bill sponsor, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic. “This law will address concerns that internet-connected baby monitors can be tampered with, by requiring that companies meet standards of safety and quality. This is critical to protecting families from danger associated with someone viewing or listening to activity in the home through these devices.”

News reports have described accounts of parents whose children were harassed by hackers who access the speaker and video functions of the monitor via Wi-Fi.

The law requires the state Division of Consumer Affairs to adopt rules and regulations for these monitors.

Baby monitors that do not include security standards and a warning label will not be allowed to be sold in the state. The law imposes a fine of not more than $10,000 for the first offense and $20,000 for any subsequent offense.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. After seven years at The Current and Gazette newspapers, I joined The Press in 2015. I currently cover education.

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