New smart home devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are raising numerous legal and privacy issues, primarily because they are recording conversations that you have in your daily life. If you wouldn’t want your friend recording one of your conversations, would you want a digital device doing the same? In this month's lead article, we examine the privacy issues with connected devices and look towards a future with artificial intelligence thrown into the mix.
Smart devices are now a fact of life – they touch almost every part of our existence. Yet smart home devices have now further eroded our right to privacy. In this article we take a look at just how these devices have reduced our ability to resist an invasion of privacy - and just why we need to be aware of how that elusive goal of privacy is becoming even more difficult to attain.
This article is based on a presentation made during the Data Privacy Asia 2016 conference held on 9-11 November 2016. Author Karen Ngan is a commercial law partner at Simpson Grierson (New Zealand) . She co–heads the firm's information and communications technology group and its data protection and privacy group. In this article she discusses some of the challenges with dealing with 21st century privacy issues under a Privacy Act that is over 20 years old. She also covers some of the measures or practices that have been taken to address some of these challenges.
Amazon Key is still in the early stages yet there are so many questions of hacking, insurance risks and liability if problems were to occur during delivery.
Facebook has once again found itself in the unenviable position of having to defend itself against privacy violation claims – this time via Facebook Portal.
New report detailed a wide variety of IoT security and privacy flaws in common smart devices bought off-the-shelf from major retailers. Some of which are sending personal information to third party companies in China.
In a growing number of cases – including some involving Google Nest microphones for the home and airplane cameras found on back of passenger seats – surveillance devices are deployed haphazardly without thinking about the way they might intrude into people’s lives and privacy.
Many want the conveniences offered by technology through connected devices yet not compromising on privacy. One possible way to achieve it is to use a privacy-driven identity signal for interaction.
Attention is turning from smart home to smart building with Kaspersky report showing nearly 4 in 10 of smart buildings affected by a malicious cyber attack attempting to infect computers that control automation systems.
A location tracking cloud vulnerability was found on hundreds of smartwatch brands using Thinkrace platform which allows third parties to access the devices without any particular hacking skills.