The European Commission wants to better protect digitally networked products such as refrigerators and cars against cyber attacks in the future. The Brussels authority presented a corresponding draft law. "We deserve to feel safe with the products we buy in the single market," said Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.
Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton emphasized that not only consumers, but also Europe's economy and collective security are protected. So far, most hardware and software products are not subject to any obligations with regard to cyber security.
The EU states and the European Parliament must now agree on a position on the draft. Both sides then have to negotiate a common position with each other. The new rules must then be implemented after a transitional period of two years.