In the U.K., Durham chief constable Mike Barton argues that customers should be given security information about Internet-ready appliances in the same way as they are required to give energy efficiency ratings.
|Barton notes that smart appliances such as Samsung's Family Hub Refrigerator should be required to show a security rating. Barton the national policing lead for crime operations, sees the idea as part of efforts to protect customers from fraudsters and hackers in the area of the Internet of Things as devices can be put on line and interconnected. Analysts predict that by 2020 there may be as many as 21 billion connected devices globally. This has sparked a spate of security warnings since as soon as devices are connected to the Internet they are subject to hacking. There are even reports that devices such as baby monitors could be subject to hacking.|