The ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM) and the ACM Europe Council Policy Committee (EUACM) released a Statement on IoT Privacy and Security last month, addressing existing and expected privacy and security concerns in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.

The principles embodied in the USACM/EUACM Statement on IoT Privacy and Security propose policy and technical approaches to tackle emerging privacy and security challenges while ensuring that the technology continues to move forward.

The Statement highlights the complementary nature of privacy and security, and the importance of addressing IoT privacy and security throughout the entire lifecycle of a product.  

“These principles seek to address and avoid problems at their source,” said Stuart Shapiro, USACM Chair. “With the ubiquity of IoT, retrofitting is not always a possibility, and when it is, it can be difficult and costly.”

Fabrizio Gagliardi, EUACM Chair, added that the global nature of IoT calls for an international strategy. “IoT issues cross borders and international coordination is necessary,” said Gagliardi. “The privacy and security of the IoT ecosystem is an important topic for computing experts globally. The Statement on IoT Privacy and Security provides solid guidance for policymakers in the United States and in Europe.”

The Statement on IoT Privacy and Security will serve as a foundation for a forthcoming Policy White Paper on IoT.