FTC Files Complaint Against D-Link, Alleging Failure to Take Reasonable Measures to Secure Routers and Internet Cameras
By Mary Ellen Callahan, Peter H. Hanna and Amit B. Patel
On January 5, 2017, in one of its first acts in the new year, the FTC filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against Taiwanese manufacturer D-Link Corp. and its US subsidiary (together, D-Link), alleging that D-Link overstated the security of its routers and internet-connected cameras and, at the same time, failed to take reasonable steps to secure those devices from unauthorized access. The lawsuit against D-Link signals the FTC’s continued commitment to police data privacy and security in the fast-developing “Internet of Things” (IoT) space, particularly when a company’s internet-connected product and security designs depart from established best practices.
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