Complying with transparency and security requirements under data protection laws can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to IoT. Now researchers are exploring a tool for generating privacy and security labels for IoT devices, designed to explain how the device manages user data and what privacy controls it has. Could these privacy "nutrition" labels for connected devices be the solution?
THE INTERNET-OF-THINGS SECURITY crisis has been building for more than a decade, with unprotected, unpatchable gadgets fueling botnets, getting attacked for nation state surveillance, and just generally being a weak link for networks. Given that IoT security seems unlikely to magically improve anytime soon, researchers and regulators are rallying behind a new approach to managing IoT risk. Think of it as nutrition labels for embedded devices.