The Super Creepy Side Of The Internet Of Things And Smart Homes


smart-home-131209Gartner estimates that more than 21% of total IoT use in 2016 will be in smart homes, adding up to more than 1.6 billion Internet-connected things. Not only will the average consumer own and use more than three smart personal devices, but all of these devices will have the ability to constantly monitor, interact with, and broadcast personal and private user data at all times. And presents major security risks.

So before running out and ransacking your local electronics shop for smart TVs, thermostats and cameras, take a step back and consider the threats that such technologies can bring into your living room.

1Voice recognition for third party use.

The whole idea of having smart devices is to control them with as little human input as possible. To this end, smart TVs now feature voice recognition that recognize commands from across the room. But there’s one unnerving fact that LG warns about: “If your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.”

Whether or not LG eavesdropping on your conversations can be justified by some technological imperative, what happens if third parties listen in? LG was in quite a mess in 2015 when they were found using a third party for voice recognition, meaning that you and your girlfriend are calling each other pet names, those conversations could be snooped on by more people than you think.