We live in a highly interconnected world, relying on devices every day—and not just our mobile phones. Other popular devices include baby monitors, security cameras, routers and our vehicles. Unknown to the owner, some of these devices are sold to consumers with vulnerabilities that make them open to an attack, as well as lack sufficient security and privacy protections. In line with an ever-increasing emphasis on data security, Consumer Reports has decided to take action:

“We’re now launching the first phase of a collaborative effort to create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use that standard when building and designing digital products such as connected devices, software and mobile apps. The goal is to help consumers understand which digital products do the most to protect their privacy and security and give them the most control over their personal data.” – Consumer Reports

The basic standard for privacy and data security requires products to be built to be secure, preserve consumer privacy, and protect the idea of ownership, as well as requires companies to act ethically.

Ultimately, this move by Consumer Reports will arm consumers with more information to make choices.

We live in a highly interconnected world, relying on devices every day—and not just our mobile phones. Other popular devices include baby monitors, security cameras, routers and our vehicles. Unknown to the owner, some of these devices are sold to consumers with vulnerabilities that make them open to an attack, as well as lack sufficient security and privacy protections. In line with an ever-increasing emphasis on data security, Consumer Reports has decided to take action:

“We’re now launching the first phase of a collaborative will use that standard when building and designing digital products such as connected devices, software and mobile apps. The goal is to help consumers understand which digital products do the most to protect their privacy and security and give them the most control over their personal data.” – Consumer Reports

The basic standard for privacy and data security requires products to be built to be secure, preserve consumer privacy, and protect the idea of ownership, as well as requires companies to act ethically.

Ultimately, this move by Consumer Reports will arm consumers with more information to make choices.