UK Proposes New Enforcement Body To Secure Smart IoT Devices

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Taking further steps to protect people’s privacy online, the UK government has proposed an IoT security enforcement body. According to the latest plans, the new body will mandate three main security standards for all smart IoT devices sold in the UK.

The IoT security enforcement body will be set up with the power to ban, recall or destroy the consumer IoT products which fail to meet the standards in the UK.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are also seeking feedback from product manufacturers on the scope of the proposed legislation.

The government is also seeking views on the proposed cyber security requirements that would be mandated for consumer smart products, how these requirements may translate into obligations on the producers and distributors of these products, and proposals for the enforcement of these requirements.

The government said it has collaborated with cyber security subject-matter experts, consumer groups and various other industry stakeholders in developing the policy proposals.

“We would encourage all consumer device manufacturers to make their views heard and help us ensure the technology people bring into their homes is as safe and secure as possible,” ZDNet quoted Dr Ian Levy, technical director at the NCSC, as saying.

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