Smart Gadgets Major Threat To Privacy

RINF Alternative News

Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, chair of the US Federal Trade Commission has warned that smart gadgets could be a major threat to privacy  by revealing “deeply personal” information about users, from credit history, health or religious preferences.

Edith Ramirez said:

“I question the notion that we must put sensitive consumer data at risk on the off-chance a company might someday discover a valuable use for the information,” she said, adding that firms should store only data needed for a specific purpose.

“The IoT is based on sophisticated sensors that can tack people’s movements and their interconnected gadgets such as health trackers, “smart” cars or home devices, and could gather an ample trove of personal information that is “a deeply personal and startlingly complete picture of each of us”.