While there are established criteria and tests to measure fuel efficiency in cars, the crash performance of car seats, and the energy efficiency of home appliances, standards are lacking for testing and rating how well products and services manage consumers' privacy, security and data. Rerecich will discuss a developing standard that is intended to 1) enable testing organizations to evaluate and report on how well products protect consumer security and privacy; 2) influence the future design of consumer software, digital services, and internet-connected products; and 3) empower consumers to make smarter choices about the products they use.
About Maria Rerecich
Since 2013, Maria Rerecich has been director of electronics testing at Consumer Reports (CR). In this role, she leads a team of engineers and technicians in evaluating and rating consumer electronics products such as TVs, smartphones, and personal computers. Ms. Rerecich is involved in CR's initiatives to tackle privacy, security, and data issues, focusing in particular on testing Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Most recently, she led a pilot test of several mobile applications which resulted in an app developer making immediate improvements to protect consumers' data and privacy. Prior to Consumer Reports, she worked for 29 years for Standard Microsystems Corporation in the semiconductor industry and was responsible for integrated circuit design, validation, and product engineering of silicon chips used in PCs. Ms. Rerecich holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.