Policy paper

Regulating consumer smart product cyber security - government response

The government's response to a call for views on proposals for regulating consumer smart product cyber security.

Documents

Consumer attitudes to IoT security - research report

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The UK code of practice for consumer IoT security - PETRAS/UCL research report

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The government is planning to change the law to make ‘smart’ products - like televisions, cameras and household appliances which connect to the internet - more secure for people to use.

To support this, the government held a call for views on proposals for regulating the cyber security of consumer ‘smart’ products from 16 July to 6 September 2020. We are now publishing the results of that call for views and setting out what we intend to do next.

You can read the press notice here.

Also published today are two other research reports providing further background evidence. The UK Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Cyber Security report by UCL and Petras assesses the impact of the code of practice and suggests areas for further consideration. The Consumer Attitudes Towards IoT Security report by Ipsos MORI is an online survey of the UK public exploring consumer purchasing behaviour of, and attitudes to, connected devices.

For more information on the government’s work in this area, please see the Secure by Design document collection.

Published 21 April 2021