Governor Schwarzenegger signs bill
to protect wireless privacy
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
October 3, 2006
Recognizing that wireless devices often display personal information
unbeknownst to their users, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed
AB 2415, requiring wireless home networking equipment manufacturers
to provide a warning label on such devices advising consumers
how to protect their personal information.
The new requirements will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2007, the
governor's office reports.
"Helping to electronically protect private information in
this technologically advanced era is extremely important as identity
theft is on the rise," Schwarzenegger said. "This legislation
will help educate and protect consumers from becoming victims
of hackers and the vulnerabilities of an unsecured network."
Identity and personal information theft has become an increasing
problem, costing victims and businesses billions of dollars every
According to the governor's office, most people are unaware of
the risks associated with the use of unsecured wireless network
devices, allowing their information to be accessed by unauthorized
users who access their network connections through wireless devices.
The governor's office reports that a warning label on wireless
devices would reduce the occurrence of identity theft by educating
consumers about the risks they may be taking and providing consumers
with ways to secure their connections.
AB 2415 may also discourage users from maintaining open wireless
networks, creating more business for Internet service providers.
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