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AUSTRALIA’S VOLUNTARY IOT SECURITY CODE COULD BE ENFORCED

December 03, 2019 / STUART CORNER

Lawyers have suggested compliance with the voluntary code of practice for suppliers of consumer IoT devices, issued by the Government last month, could be enforced by the ACCC. Home Affairs minister, Peter Dutton released a for-comment draft of the code of practice on November 19 saying it had been developed drawing on the technical expertise of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), aligned with guidance provided by the United Kingdom and was consistent with other international standards. Alexandra Wedutenko, and Mathew Baldwin, lawyers with Clayton Utz, writing on the firm’s blog, said it was possible regulators such as the ACCC could rely on the international norms reflected in the code to argue that industry compliance was required.