From the Consumers’ Perspective
It is easy to fall in love with the convenience. But what happens to all these devices and providers of the services in the long run? Some are trusted giants. Others? You might never even have heard of them before buying their widget off the Internet. Have you considered, what they are doing, apart from their magic? What do they sense, collect, transmit, when and to whom? Who else is listening? And seriously, what happens when the house is sold with all this stuff attached to the walls, appliances, doors, and fixtures?
It would be easy to brush off these concerns. Does it matter? Who would care? Most of us haven’t had real secrets since high school.
Well, let’s reconsider, let’s just look at two aspects. If my neighbor’s kid started impersonating my thermostat in the …