BELLEVUE, Wash. – Oct. 28, 2015 – The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), the non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust, today released the last-call update of the Internet of Things (IoT) Trust Framework. The Framework is a comprehensive global initiative that provides guidance for device manufacturers and developers to enhance the security, privacy and sustainability of connected home devices, wearable fitness and health technologies, and the data they collect.
The newest version includes U.S. and international feedback from more than 100 companies and organizations ranging from major retailers and device manufacturers to security and privacy subject matter experts including Underwriters Laboratories, the National Association of Realtors, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security. Underscoring the collaboration behind this effort, standards bodies and other working groups including I Am The Cavalry and BuildItSecure.ly provided insights from their work and testing in other key IoT segments. This multi-stakeholder effort is a major step forward in what may ultimately serve as a foundation for an international certification program.
The improvements to the newly revised Framework further advance OTA’s key objectives:
- Deliver guidance to manufacturers and developers to help reduce attack surface and vulnerabilities, and adopt responsible privacy and data stewardship practices.
- Drive the adoption of “privacy and security by design” as a model for a voluntary, yet enforceable code of conduct.
- Provide positive affirmation and recognition to companies, products, and retailers who embrace the code of conduct and meet minimum standards.
- Publish the criteria and mechanisms leading an enforceable code of conduct and certification program.
To review the Framework, provide feedback, or find information on joining the IoT Working Group, click here.
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust and user empowerment while promoting innovation and the vitality of the Internet. Its goal is to help educate businesses, policy makers and stakeholders while developing and advancing best practices and tools to enhance the protection of users' security, privacy and identity. OTA supports collaborative public-private partnerships, benchmark reporting, and meaningful self-regulation and data stewardship. Its members and supporters include leaders spanning the public policy, technology, ecommerce, social networking, mobile, email and interactive marketing, financial, service provider, government agency and industry organization sectors.