Smart Home Technology and the Privacy Catastrophe

Smart Home Technology, Technology

As you operate the smart tech appliances in your home, you can be sure of the privacy that tags along with it. However, this is not the case for one family in Portland. The family had a private conversation from one of their members sent to one of their phone contacts. Smart speakers are meant to record conversations and thermostats to monitor individual movements around the house. Homeowners have integrated and welcomed the idea of initializing smart devices in their homes.

In the online privacy suit that was filed against Facebook, private information about clients was sold out to political campaigns in the US. Smart home technologies might be doing the same thing. Recording personal information which may leak and cause an uproar among the users. The internet has proved to be more superior by disarming individuals of their privacy. It happens as the websites and applications make us feel as though it is unreal, yet we are trading our most trustworthy information to strangers. In the real world, this would be termed as a serious offence. But since we are meant to jump the hurdles that tag along smart appliances, it is not such a big deal.

The issue continues as there are no boundaries in knowing public and private space. In some messaging applications like Snap Chat, communication is diverse. It is diverse in such a way that connecting to close friends and strangers all over the globe has become the norm. Therefore, it is evident that there are no private boundaries speculating one’s private details. One is responsible for their privacy, as most companies would expect. Furthermore, people tend to build virtual walls with the back thought that they are safe from online predators. Online platforms secure themselves from lawsuits by applying terms and policies. These restrictions do not help reduce online predators or even the sale to third parties.

In a survey conducted by Deloitte, consumers of smart home technology revealed that consumers are more cautious as compared to their online behaviour. 40% claimed smart home technology revealed too much of their personal lives while the other 40% claimed that they did not mind being tracked via their devices. One William Hue was trying to figure out what kept overriding the Phillips Hue smart light bulbs brightness settings. It occurred to him that the application that was to dim the lights during nigh-time had taken over the whole lighting system and had the bulbs at uniform brightness. However, the smart home companies continue to emphasize on trust.

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