Apple Faces New Cybersecurity Law in UK

A new British cybersecurity law mandates smart device manufacturers like Apple to enhance protections or face hefty penalties.

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The legislation, known as the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) Act, introduces robust requirements aimed at securing devices connected to the internet to make it harder for cybercriminals to get access to private networks.

The law specifically targets the inadequacies in current security measures by mandating three major changes: the elimination of default passwords, a clear protocol for reporting security vulnerabilities, and detailed consumer information on the length of product support and software updates. These stipulations apply to all companies manufacturing or selling smart devices in the UK.

For Apple, the law will necessitate a review of how its products comply with these enhanced standards. While Apple devices do not use default passwords, the company will need to ensure that all of its connected devices sold in the UK clearly communicate the duration of security support to customers. In addition, affected companies are expected to establish or refine their contact points for security issue reporting.

Retailers such as Apple stores are also required to provide customers with point-of-sale information about the cybersecurity practices relevant to the devices they purchase. The PSTI Act also includes strict penalties for non-compliance, with fines that can reach up to £10 million ($12.5 million USD) or 4% of the offending company's global turnover.

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Top Rated Comments

lkrupp Avatar
4 weeks ago
All this concern for privacy and security when the very governments issuing these requirements are themselves keen to collect data on their own citizens and want backdoor entry points to mobile operating systems.
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yanksfan114 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Isn't this the same government that has been proposing banning encryption?
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ddtmm Avatar
4 weeks ago
If this applies to all companies that manufacture smart devices, I would imagine Apple is probably one of the most compliant of most manufacturers already.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
4 weeks ago

Yup, I trust Apple, a greedy corporation, with my data so that it can use it for its ad platform. I do not like my government to access the data to solve crimes of national importance.

https://www.emarketer.com/content/apple-new-ad-product-pushes-closer-google
Don’t know about you but I trust apple more than my government.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HouseLannister Avatar
4 weeks ago
Will be nice to see Apple saying how long people will get security updates. They used to be best in class, but Samsung and Google's 7-year policies are now the expectation rather than an unwritten policy that Apple has. You can currently get iOS 17 on an iPhone XS, so that's 5 years of updates, but they can sometimes go further with some out of cycle point releases for major bugs. Just would be nice for them to say a number.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unggoy Murderer Avatar
4 weeks ago

Will be nice to see Apple saying how long people will get security updates. They used to be best in class, but Samsung and Google's 7-year policies are now the expectation rather than an unwritten policy that Apple has. You can currently get iOS 17 on an iPhone XS, so that's 5 years of updates, but they can sometimes go further with some out of cycle point releases for major bugs. Just would be nice for them to say a number.
You're confusing full iOS updates with security updates.

The iPhone 6s got a software update just at the start of March, iOS 15.8.2 which was a security release. That phone is seven and a half years old.

Samsung Galaxy S20, a four year old phone, last upgradable version is Android 13. What expectation, exactly, is Samsung setting?
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)