Australia’s current voluntary, Code-based Internet of Things (IoT) regulatory framework offers consumers minimal protection, and there are limited market-based incentives for Australian IoT device manufacturers to fill this void.

Australian consumers need an enforceable Internet of Things regulatory framework that relieves consumers of sole responsibility for their privacy and security and holds IoT device manufacturers accountable for the operation and outcomes of their products. This statement sets out key areas that ACCAN believes should be improved for an effective Australian Internet of Things regulatory regime.

The main areas where improvement is needed are:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Data privacy and informed consent
  • Transparency and consumer information
  • Device and network resilience
  • Durability and fitness for purpose
  • Accessibility
  • Protection for vulnerable consumers

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