Is Google Creating Smart Home Patents To Eavesdrop On Us For Our “Convenience?”
Google’s patents on smart home devices allows it the liberty to listen to everything that goes on within our homes – all under the label of improving the product and offering to bring in more convenience to our lives.
Patent No. 10,114,351, states the company can “use smart-devices to monitor activities within a smart-device environment, report on these activities, and/or provide smart-device control based upon these activities.”
While there are many good reasons for adding sensors to smart devices, the problem is when the data collected by these sensors are collected, stored, and analyzed by companies without explicit permission. Google’s systems can find out if a member of the house is working by listening to sounds of keyboard or chairs being pulled. Its cameras are so fine that they can identify movie stars on a t-shirt which is then used for targeting ads of a new movie by that star. While it could all be a great addition, none of this is regulated which is a very alarming thought. As of now, there are no laws or restrictions on the companies to refrain from selling the user’s personal data.
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