The rigorous new legislation is set to protect the security and privacy of millions of users of the internet of things (IoT) devices across the UK under plans drawn up by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Announced today by digital minister Matt Warman, the law will force manufacturers of smart connected devices to adhere to a set of stringent cybersecurity requirements.
“We want to make the UK the safest place to be online with pro-innovation regulation that breeds confidence in modern technology,” said Warman.
“Our new law will hold firms manufacturing and selling internet-connected devices to account and stop hackers from threatening people’s privacy and safety.
“It will mean robust security standards are built-in from the design stage and not bolted on as an afterthought.”