New international standard for consumer IoT in development

BSI, the business standards company, is running the secretariat for a new ISO Project Committee that is developing a new standard aimed at protecting consumer’s domestic privacy, ISO 23485 Consumer protection — Privacy by design for consumer goods and services.  

New connected devices arrive on the market almost daily, and privacy and security issues arising from the use of consumer products and services regularly feature in the news. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the security risks digital products may bring into their homes.

Currently, Data Protection legislation leaves a gap in terms of consumer protection, as it excludes consumer’s private use of their products. The task of the new ISO PC 317, is to develop a standard to address product design processes to ensure that good privacy controls are designed into consumer products from the offset, and that the security of consumer products is maintained over product lifetimes.

The range of products relevant to the forthcoming standard is huge: baby monitors, connected toys, door bells with apps, banking apps, remote control of garage doors, online shopping, social media services, drones, smart watches, and voice interactive services for the home, to name just several.

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