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From The Eye Of The Law

The possible challenges and risks for early adopters of emerging technology. By Josh Srago Technology is moving so quickly that it’s often difficult just to keep up with the current and emerging trends, let alone the outside factors. Your organization has to decide when it’s ready to take a leap of faith and move away from a tried-and-true solution that you’ve used for years, and instead implement one of these new emerging solutions. That decision isn’t easy to begin with. But what happens when, once you’ve made the decision to move for ward, something of which you had not been aware adds a complication—or, worse yet, makes it so you have to reconsider your entire deployment? This is the tech policy landscape that we are currently facing, in which laws are suddenly being written that alter how we must consider using emerging technology.

monitor and control. This suite of products is not uncommon in most projects being deployed today. So, what makes this project different? You’re deploying it after January 1, 2020. That means there is a whole host of new considerations centered on the types of laws going into effect and the challenges they might pose.

Password Laws

Let’s start with the fully networked system. Once 2020 rolls around, installing a device with an IP or Bluetooth address that can directly or indirectly connect to the internet will get a bit more complicated in California. In an effort to protect consumers, the legislature passed a ver y broad law that requires either that the device manufacturers ship them with passwords that are unique to each device or that the devices Your New Project For the sake of discussion, let’s say there’s force a password change prior to first use. Top-tier companies have taken device sea project in California where new systems curity seriously for years. They’ve changed are going to be deployed in February 2020. You’re currently working diligently to ensure all device passwords away from the generic options simply because it’s the right thing that you’ve selected the right products to serve your purpose. You have a new wayfind- to do. However, when it comes to smallerroom solutions, for which there isn’t much ing solution going in that ties into an app configuration (the bulk of the rooms in any on people’s phones, providing turn-by-turn project), most of the devices don’t require a instructions for how to navigate the new programmer and can be handled by a lead building. You’re also exploring a new software solution that provides facial recognition tech. That lead tech, however, might not be accustomed to configuring passwords for to identify who is attending each meeting. the devices, only ever having had to worr y But what you’re most excited about is the about remembering “admin.” fully networked system, with nearly every What’s not factored into this law is the device connecting to the network for you to Josh Srago, an award-winning AV professional with experience as a consultant, integrator, manufacturer and end user, is currently attending law school at Santa Clara University with plans to return to the audiovisual industry and aid with the quickly changing legal and regulatory landscape of technology. Any article written by Srago that includes statutory or legal analysis does not constitute legal advice.

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