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the internet of things

Connections between devices and objects, ‘the Internet of Things’ (IoT), is rapidly expanding. Technology such as sensors are embedded in more and more everyday things like cars, utility meters, white goods, wearable fitness trackers or home security systems. This makes objects capable of sensing and remotely communicating with each other, with users or with a central system – for any purpose.

'Huggybug your Family today!'

At the 2018 G20 Consumer Summit, Consumers International launched a 60-second spoof advert ‘Huggy Bug Your Family’, highlighting some of the problems found in internet-connected children’s products.

We are calling on the G20 countries to improve the security and data protection of children's connected products and services over the next year and support greater international co-operation on the topic.

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Securing consumer trust in the internet of things

With estimates that 20 billion devices are connected to the internet – a figure that’s set to double by 2022 – connected devices now outnumber people by nearly three to one. The Internet of Things has the potential to bring huge benefits to people around the world including: convenience, fixing products remotely and putting more responsive products on the market.

However, alongside the benefits, there are serious risks. Privacy and security, erosion of ownership and product lock-in are just some of the many areas of concern for consumers.

Together with ANEC, BEUC and ICRT, we have published a set of principles and recommendations that propose to make consumer rights, privacy, safety and security key features of the Internet of Things. Click below to download our principles in English.

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To accompany the principles, our report ‘Testing Our Trust: Consumers and the Internet of Things 2017 Review’, looks at whether trends in IoT are playing out as predicted, how consumers are experiencing this new technology, and how policy makers, industry and advocates are responding to some of the challenges.

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Connected and Protected in a digital age: 2016 Briefing

The report briefing looks at current and future applications of smart and Internet of Things technologies; the risks and opportunities for consumers' and the extent to which existing consumer protection frameworks are able to address and remedy potential problems.

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Connected and Protected in a digital age: 2016 Full Report

The report briefing looks at current and future applications of smart and Internet of Things technologies; the risks and opportunities for consumers' and the extent to which existing consumer protection frameworks are able to address and remedy potential problems. 

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