Consultation on regulation of security for the internet of things: Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a consultation to bring in cyber security requirements for internet connected appliances. The proposals include requirements that all IoT device passwords shall be unique and shall not be resettable to any universal factory default value, that manufacturers shall provide a public point of contact as part of a vulnerability disclosure policy in order that security researchers and others are able to report issues and for manufacturers to explicitly state the minimum length of time for which the product will receive security updates. Options include requiring retailers to ensure the presence of a compliance label, to requiring retailers only to supply compliant products. View > View > View > Responses required by 5th June.
‘NET ZERO’ Greenhouse gas emissions by 2050: Business Secretary Greg Clark has welcomed a detailed report by the Committee on Climate Change set up by DEFRA Secretary of State Michael Gove and chaired by Lord Deben (John Gummer). The detailed report sets out proposals for the UK to reach a zero emissions target by 2050 (Scotland by 2045 and Wales 95% of 1990 level emissions by 2050). View > View > Confederation of British Industry >
FSA Board to consider proposals on food allergens and hypersensitivity: The Food Standards Agency Board is to meet on 8th May to consider its approach and advice to Ministers on allergens. Proposals include to introduce an FSA led reporting mechanism for incidents and clearer guidance for Trading Standards and Environmental Health Officers.
Chaired by Jamie Delargy, our conference with Retail NI will explore the new policy priorities for town and city centres, reinventing retail and reforming business rates. Belfast: 9 May 2019.