63% of people find smart home devices ‘creepy’

“Smart home devices are ‘creepy’ according to the majority of people who own them, based on an Ipsos MORI poll,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “Two-thirds of US owners of smart home gadgets bought them despite this feeling.”

“The take-away appears to be that consumers consider the convenience to outweigh privacy concerns,” Lovejoy reports. “Across all Americans – owners and non-owners of smart home tech alike – some 67% agreed with a statement that ‘Connected devices are ‘creepy’ in the way they collect data about people and their behaviors.’ But the surprising part is that among those who actually own such devices, the percentage was almost identical: 66%.”

“Consumers do at least try to prioritize security when buying connected devices,” Lovejoy reports. “Some 84% of owners say that they are generally aware of smart home security features, and that privacy and security are important when it comes to purchase decisions.”

“The US survey was part of a wider international study spanning the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, France, and the UK,” Lovejoy reports. ” Across the entire sample, there was widespread agreement on a need for laws on the security of smart home devices.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: People who are really concerned about security and privacy only buy HomeKit compatible devices.

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  1. People like to be spied upon because it goves them significance. After the most massive FOIA request is filed and approved against the NSA, people will be able to find out their gadget transmission and reception history, their online life really, which would provide those interested the main resource to write a vanity biographical novel: “My Entire Life.”

    1. Or the NSA will employ AI to compose a novel based on the spy data it has stolen from you. I say stolen because it never got your permission to relinquish your 4th Amendment. Pseudo-NSA, FB, already does this on a smaller scale with its cute “your life” animation.

  2. Yes the Patriot Act should have had an expiration date. Ironic that the numbskull administration in power today whines about freedom to his libertarian supporters but can’t find the time to sponsor legislation that would offer more freedom to non-billionaires.

    That said, I don’t fear the US federal government. They have been so underfunded and ill-led, they are years behind in cybersecurity. The real bad actors are Russian state sponsored cells, terrorist networks, and private corporations that steal every bit of data that isn’t locked inside your cranium. When concerned citizens want to have investigations to see what multinational corruption exists, one party constantly claims without proof that they are completely innocent. Never mind the obvious emoluments act violations, the recorded bank transactions with Russian oligarchs, and so forth. If corrupt officials think they are innocent, a simple release of tax statements like every other candidate since Nixon would clear the suspicion. I think the US is not only outgunned in cyberspace, but the US also has an ignorant executive that doesn’t understand his role and hasn’t done a damn thing to prevent US data at all levels from being stolen by China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, et al. Actually the whole issue of pushing deregulation is dangerous because when it comes to finances and information systems, they are so nimble and powerful that comprehensive legislation must be iron clad to ensure business and security operates in the sunlight with transparency. When it doesn’t, watch out.

    Even if the dim bulb braggart in the White House is too incompetent to actively be working on behalf of Putin (unlikely based on his lapdog behavior before the Russian dictator-for-life), he certainly can’t be working to keep the internet safe when he spends over 50% of his business hours in front of the TV, on Twitter, or on the golf course. That is not an exaggeration folks.

    What’s more, Trump’s idea of Great seems to come from 1890, not today:


    1. You mental midgets can’t stand the fact that President Donald J. Trump is, and will be the most successful President in U.S. history.

      Donald J. Trump, A True American Hero! 🇺🇸
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