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Internet: Security

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government's press release of 14 October 2018, Leading tech companies support code to strengthen security of internet-connected devices, what plans the Government has to increase engagement with tech companies to facilitate the implementation of the code of practice.

Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government's press release of 14 October 2018, Leading tech companies support code to strengthen security of internet-connected devices, for what reasons compliance with the code of practice is voluntary.

Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government's press release of 14 October 2018, Leading tech companies support code to strengthen security of internet-connected devices, what targets the Government has adopted for the uptake of the voluntary code of practice.

Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government's press release of 14 October 2018 entitled Leading tech companies support code to strengthen security of internet-connected devices, what steps the Government plans to take against companies that do not abide by the voluntary code of practice.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The guidelines within the Code of Practice bring together what is widely considered good practice in Internet of Things (IoT) security. As a voluntary document, it provides clarity to industry on the steps that are most important in protecting consumers’ online security and privacy.

We continue to welcome public pledges from manufacturers to implement the Code for their products, with two major companies having already made such a commitment. The Government’s ambition is to achieve the best possible industry uptake of the Code and we will continue to monitor progress in this area. We remain in discussions with a number of manufacturers and are working towards securing additional industry pledges in the future.

The Government has also begun work to place appropriate aspects of the Code on a regulatory footing with further details to be shared in due course.

The UK Government is taking a lead on this issue. To make it easier for manufacturers around the world to implement the Code, we have developed an open data JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) file, available here (https://iotsecuritymapping.uk), and translated the Code into a number of different languages on Gov.uk. We also recently begun the process of developing a global standard through the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) based on our Code of Practice and through this work we expect to achieve greater industry uptake of the guidelines within the Code.

In the coming months Government will be driving forward work to bring more manufacturers on board and has engaged with a number of UK and European manufacturers and industry bodies to highlight the Code of Practice and discuss how each guideline could be embedded within the design of their products.

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