The future is great. It’s filled with wonderful new technologies that make our lives easier. You can turn on the TV with your voice, switch your kettle on from your smartphone, log-on to free public WiFi networks wherever you go.
However, brilliant inventions often have unintended consequences. This was demonstrated this week it came to light that a 'smart' TV with voice control functionality does not just pick up innocuous requests to change the volume or channel, but can in fact pick up everything you say. The Nineteen Eighty-Four references couldn’t come fast enough.
But it’s not just smart TVs posing major privacy concerns, not by a long shot. V3 has set about upping the paranoia stakes with 10 examples of technologies invading your privacy. You have been warned.
10. Wearables hoover up fitness data
Wearables are touted as the next big thing in the gadget space, and with them come all kinds of benefits, health monitoring seen as one of the biggest. Apple CEO Tim Cook certainly thinks so.
However, would you really want to share all your medical data with a technology company and the inevitable ‘third parties', those unnamed, faceless partners that siphon off data for unknown reasons?
They'll know where you went, how fast, how far, your weight, height, calorie intake, the lot. Surely this is the sort of thing only your doctor should know?
Even if the wearable firm promises that the data you send is kept secure and never shared, why are they gathering it, and what happens if they’re hacked? It happens and would you feel comfortable knowing that your fitness (or lack of) data was public?
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