TechUK has launched a set of high level principles designed to help build public confidence in the Internet of Things.

The move by the industry association is a response to a number of high-profile incidents that have seen IoT devices and sensors compromised by cyber criminals.

The programme, titled Trust Principles in an IoT World, is designed to serve as a simple framework for businesses and developers to create greater consumer confidence in the IoT and help it grow.

TechUK CEO Julian David, said: “These principles demonstrate that our industry takes concerns about data, consent and transparency seriously.

“They are the start of the conversation rather than the end and they offer a solid framework for future discussion.

“These principles will help ensure that the IoT has a smooth transition from theory to reality.”

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TechUK hopes the framework will help promote data transparency and customer empowerment to ensure everyone can retain control of their personal data.

TechUK stated that the IoT could have transformative impacts on health services public safety, efficient industry, and new and innovative businesses and business models - but only if people were happy with the amount of data it is already generating and how it’s being used.

Meanwhile Donald Trump’s victorious election campaign and Brexit are forcing many businesses to adopt a "wait and see" approach to IT investment as worldwide spending stalls.

Minister of state for digital and culture Matt Hancock said: “The IoT is transforming our lives through innovative products and services with the potential to deliver major benefits for citizens.

“Successful technology depends on secure technology. We are determined to make sure the UK is an international leader in this technology, and that means ensuring the internet of things is cyber secure.

“The principles will help provide greater security so that consumers and businesses can benefit from the opportunities the IoT has to offer.”

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