Newly Designed App Lets You Know Which Smart Devices Are Spying On You
Every day, more users are using voice-controlled and internet-connected devices. If you are paranoid about the companies gaining access to your private data, there is a new app to help you know who. Internet of Things Assistant is an app created by the researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. It will immediately tell you which smart devices around is spying on you. For instance, you may find some smart camera companies collecting data on passers-by.
The app also let me know that this data is “identifiable,” while also letting me know that it’s being collected for “unspecified” reasons. Fun!
The app can detect the collection of visual data, audio data, and more. If the device allows a way to opt-out of data collection, you would be notified about the same. This is truly a step in the right direction. However, do note that while it helps us know who around us is collecting data on us, it can also use its profile of us to fuel the research of the military industrial complex.
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