December 30, 2016 at 6:15 pm #50837
With the current murder case in Arkansas finally shedding a bit more light on personal privacy invasions, more and more is coming out about the various devices that are constantly monitoring almost everything we do in our homes. Just some of the methods we know about include Amazon’s Echo (“Alexa”), Apple’s Siri, Google’s “OK, Google” on both Google Home and the Chrome browser, Google’s Nest devices, Microsoft’s XBox “Kinect,” Samsung’s “smart” TVs, and even Mattel’s “Hello Barbi” doll that is always listening to the children it’s around, to name just some. A recent DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack that took down a significant part of the internet in October was carried out through the use of home devices such as smart refrigerators, smart lightbulbs, video conference systems, VoIP phones, printers, security systems and climate control meters, to name a few.
This letter from EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) is both laughable and instructive. I find it laughable because of who they even bothered to send it to, as well as the fact that it was sent 1½ years ago. And I find it instructive because of the detailed concerns it raises.
Never forget the gift that Edward Snowden gave us with the attached briefing/presentation slides from No Such Agency.
If we put this stuff in our homes, we’re consenting to everything we say and do being monitored with cameras and listening devices – yet we’d be in court (if we didn’t use a shotgun first) over exactly the same level of in-home surveillance if the devices were placed there by other people and agencies. Anybody use Google Chrome on their laptop? Got a Nest thermostat or similar household control devices? It’s all the rage, don’tchaknow. A smart TV? Smartphone? Phone service through your internet provider? . . . .December 30, 2016 at 10:25 pm #50846
I noticed in the chart that Microshaft was the first to roll over ……..Apple the last , and most likely wouldnt have if Steve Jobs was still alive , a lot of things went down hill after his death .December 31, 2016 at 2:53 pm #50850
It is a Brave New World indeed.
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