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07 May 2021
In July 2020 the government announced that it planned to change the law to make smart products more secure and published a call for views on its proposals.(1) Having received 110 responses from organisations and individuals, the government has now published its response.
The government says that it will legislate, when parliamentary time allows, to create a new robust scheme of regulation to protect consumers from insecure connected products. The regulation will apply to all consumer connected products (eg, smart speakers, smart TVs, connected doorbells and smartphones). Various devices will be exempt due to the specific circumstances of how they are constructed and secured, including desktop computers and laptops. The security requirements will align with international standards and, according to the government, are familiar to all manufacturers and other relevant parties across the industry. An enforcement body will be equipped with powers to investigate allegations of non-compliance and take steps to ensure compliance.
The government's intended regulatory approach is underpinned by 12 key policy positions:
The following are examples of the new requirements with which smart devices will have to comply:
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