What’s The Price Of Convenience And Smart Home Security? Perhaps It’s Our Privacy!
Smart homes provide users with a ton of options promising security and convenience.
This fall, Walmart will launch a service that will let a delivery worker unlock a house with an app and then stock its refrigerator with food, all monitored by a live camera on the worker’s chest.
Before we rush ahead, we should talk about the potential bugs. With smart security cameras becoming more and more popular, it could also lead to some big-time privacy invasion. Neighbors is an app that works with Ring to create a social network that acts as a sort of neighborhood watch.
Over 50 police departments have started working with Ring as well. While it offers a lot of benefits, there are also some ethical issues, such as the police can get access to the footage only with the residents’ permission.
Another trouble is that besides law enforcement, Amazon keeps a copy of every recording and footage that passes via Alexa. Apple’s Siri also does the same. While it might be disassociated with you, they still have real people listening to it and transcribing it. Since companies have all the access to our data, it is important to see whether they can be trusted with it. This is one of the reasons why there are bills being passed to increase privacy measures.
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