People say they care about privacy but buy devices that can spy on them anyway

People say they care about privacy but buy devices that can spy on them anyway

May 13th, 2019|Tags: , , |

On Monday May 13, 2019, Rani Molla at Vox wrote:
Experts explain why people are giving mixed signals about smart tech.

The makers of some our most omnipresent technology like Google, Facebook, and Amazon have repeatedly jeopardized user trust by tracking or sharing data they werent supposed to, either on purpose or through hacks.

Some 63 percent of people find connected devices to be creepy, and 75 percent dont trust the way their data is shared by those devices, according to a survey of people in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, France, and the United Kingdom.

That hasnt stopped them from buying these devices, which through an array of cameras, microphones, and other sensors have intimate access to our lives.

According to the survey, of those who dont have connected devices, 28 percent cited a lack of trust in the devices privacy or security; 63 percent say they dont have use for them.

About the Author:

Get the latest independent tech news, reviews and analysis from Recode with the most informed and respected journalists in technology and media. Rani Molla has recently written 2 articles on similar topics including privacy:
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