Speaking on behalf of DIGITALEUROPE, Director General Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, joined speakers from the European Commission and the Alliance for the Internet of Things Innovation (“AIOTI”) to discuss the development of IoT products in Europe and where potential policy action could strengthen the Single Market and increase the safe usage of IoT devices.
During her intervention, Ms Bonefeld-Dahl stressed that Europe must properly take stock of existing legislation to address the perceived market problems prior to developing new strict legislation that might not stand the test of time. She also noted that many issues related to IoT have to do with trust in devices and today we have strict rules, including the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which aim to deal with actors not following the rules. She stressed that while legislation is part of the answer, policy makers must not overlook the power of the market to self-regulate ‘weak actors’. No IoT device perceived as not cyber-secure or not respecting of privacy rules will survive on the market. She concluded that potential future actions of the European Commission must be closely scrutinised as customers (both citizens and enterprises) do not want to be given a false sense of security through labelling and certification schemes, which could also hinder innovation.
For more information you can find DIGITALEUROPE’s:
IoT position paper here
and cybersecurity certification and labelling position paper here
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