Smart devices may have to carry labels showing how secure they are

Posted in: Government & Policy at 02/05/2019 10:47

Smart TVs and other internet-connected household devices will be made to carry labels setting out how secure they are, under proposals being put forward by the government.

Ministers want the labels introduced on a voluntary basis at first, but propose that they are eventually made mandatory. The labels would help consumers identify which products are more and which are less secure.

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Plan to secure internet of things with new law
The rapidly growing "internet of things" (IOT) - internet-connected gadgets - would have to be made more secure under proposed new laws.

Security vulnerabilities that could be targeted by hackers have been found in everything from toy dolls to internet-connected ovens in recent years.

The new laws would mean such devices would have to come with unique passwords, for example.

One expert said it was a "positive step" to protect consumers.

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