Aug 182015
 August 18, 2015  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Govt

Kate Cox writes:

When a car has a major flaw, like a potentially lethal airbag, it gets recalled. Same for a coffeemaker, or a surfboard, or a prescription drug. But when that major flaw is in a product’s software — like a huge exploit that puts literally a billion consumers’ privacy and personal data at risk — there’s no universal process out there for remedying the situation. Do we need one? And if so, how can we get one?

That’s something a Consumerist reader e-mailed to ask us.

“I don’t understand,” the reader wrote. “If the government can scare Fiat into recalling 1.4 million Jeeps in a week to fix a security bug, why can’t the government force Google, Verizon, and all the other phone makers into a recall to fix an Android bug?”

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