The Centre offers global testing for all things relating to data protection in the Internet of Things (IoT) including the networked home. The focus is on protected privacy certificates and consultation and training programs for product manufacturers and system suppliers.
The growing digital networking of devices and applications in the home means that smart home solutions are storing and processing increasing amounts of highly sensitive personal data. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) came into effect on May 25, 2016, and it defines, among other things, new legal requirements, such as considering data protection in product development (Privacy by Design).
After a two-year transition period, the GDPR will apply in EU countries from May 25, 2018, and impose new requirements on smart home system manufacturers and installers offering products or services in EU countries. This includes the "right to be forgotten".
"Starting on May 25, 2018, customers can demand that product suppliers delete all personal data. If they do not fulfill the new requirements, they may face substantial fines and sanctions," said TUV Rheinland expert and IoT privacy specialist Gunter Martin, head of the Competence Centre alongside Udo Scalla.
With TUV Rheinland protected privacy certificates, smart home equipment makers offering their products or services in EU countries can prove to their customers that they guarantee data protection and data security in accordance with the EU GDPR. The Centre also offers individual support on the topic of protected privacy.
"We show product manufacturers and system suppliers worldwide specific ways in which they can already begin reducing data collection to a defined minimum, and in doing so, strengthen their customers' trust in smart home products. With regard to the short transition period until May 2018, we recommend that companies address the topic now as quickly as possible," said Udo Scalla.
The Centre also offers smart home training programmes focusing on topics such as the legal aspects, security issues, and test criteria of smart home installation, which