FTC Releases Set of Guidelines for IoT Device Manufacturers

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3Q 2017 | IN-4645


Comments on IoT Security


In June 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an updated set of guidelines for how and when device manufacturers should inform consumers about the level of security in their connected products. The FTC’s overarching mission is to promote consumer protection. As billions of these devices continue to be used by not only consumers, but also enterprises, the FTC’s comments serve to improve security in Internet of Things (IoT) devices while still allowing end-users to realize the enormous benefits of their Internet-connected devices. The recently issued suggestions are not going to be immediately enforced by the FTC but are rather an attempt to ensure that future regulations accurately reflect end-users’ actual experiences and apprehensions with IoT devices.   

Elements of Updatability


The guidelines, called the Elements of Updatability, were based on input from the Communicating Upgradability and Improving Transparency Working Group at the National Telecommunica…

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