IS PRIVACY LOSS INEVITABLE WITH SMART DEVICES?

Is privacy loss inevitable with smart devices?
According to Prof Will Stewart from Institution of Engineering and Technology, privacy loss when it comes to smart gadgets is “intrinsic”.
His sentiments come just days after top smart device manufacturing company Samsung issued a warning about its voice activation feature. In its warning to its customers, Samsung warned its customers about talking about sensitive issues in front of their TV’s just in case it happens to capture sensitive information.
The South Korean firm has been forced to clarify issues with regards to when their Smart TV sets listen to what people say due to a widespread publicity on its privacy policy for some of its smart TV’s.
According to Samsung the voice activation feature on your TV works when a person activates it using a remote control and use a microphone to speak. Once this has been done everything that one says will be recorded and sent across the internet so that what is said can be understood.
In late 2013 LG faced several criticisms on how its smart sets gathered information about ones viewing habits and some game console owners have also questioned how often their devices are listening in on bringing in a debate on how smart TV’s and other smart electronic gadgets intrude on our privacy.
According to prof Stewart, there is little danger in the Samsung case, "Upcoming services, like live translation, do involve wider data sharing and people should be aware of this," he said.
“In many cases, it was going to be impossible to avoid surrendering private information, Prof Stewart said. "Many more ordinary services like locate-your-friends and car tracking to reduce insurance costs do involve some intrinsic loss of privacy," he said.
“While most people realized this and were happy to lose a little privacy in return for a material benefit, far fewer realized that the privacy loss was "progressive" and would lead to steadily greater intrusions,” he said.

 

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