Tech industry unveils framework to build public trust in the IoT

Local authorities across the UK have started investigating the potential of sensors and Internet connected devices to improve city life in a variety of ways. But how secure is the data they collect, and how can we ensure citizens are comfortable with the technology?

Tech industry body techUK recently announced Trust Principles in an Internet of Things (IoT) World, a framework to help build trust in IoT innovations.

“Those developing in the IoT space need to earn users’ trust in order for the full potential of the technology to be fulfilled,” techUK said.

The principles focus on:

  • Data transparency and customer empowerment, ensuring citizens have control over their own data.
  • Interoperability so that a user is able to switch between devices, providers and services according to changing preferences.
  • Security by design, to help protect against cyber attack.

Julian David, chief executive of techUK, explained:

“These principles demonstrate that our industry takes concerns about data, consent and transparency seriously. They are the start of the conversation rather than the end and they offer a solid framework for future discussion. I believe that these principles will help ensure that the Internet of Things has a smooth transition from theory to reality.”

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, added:

“The Internet of Things is transforming our lives through innovative products and services with the potential to deliver major benefits for citizens. Successful technology depends on secure technology. We are determined to make sure the UK is an international leader in this technology and that means ensuring the Internet of Things is cyber secure.

“The principles published today will help provide greater security so that consumers and businesses can benefit from the opportunities the IoT has to offer.”

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