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The House That Spied on Me

By Gizmodo

In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, myRead full story

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  • Vidya S.
    Vidya S.

    A scary and very likely scenario midway through the article:

    "I had the same view of Kashmir’s house that her Internet Service Provider (ISP) has. After Congress voted last year to allow ISPs to spy on and sell their customers’ internet usage data, we were all warned that the ISPs could now sell our browsing activity, or records of what we do on our computers and smartphones. But in fact, they have access to more than that. If you have any smart devices in your home—a TV that connects to the internet

    A scary and very likely scenario midway through the article:

    "I had the same view of Kashmir’s house that her Internet Service Provider (ISP) has. After Congress voted last year to allow ISPs to spy on and sell their customers’ internet usage data, we were all warned that the ISPs could now sell our browsing activity, or records of what we do on our computers and smartphones. But in fact, they have access to more than that. If you have any smart devices in your home—a TV that connects to the internet, an Echo, a Withings scale—your ISP can see and sell information about that activity too. With my “iotea” router I was seeing what information about Kashmir and her family that Comcast, her ISP, could monitor and sell."

    Today, all this stuff is optional - but one day it may not be.

  • Mark  White
    Mark White Founder at White Label Media

    Fascinating —not sure what’s more horrifying, someone knowing how you sleep, whether you snort or snore or whether you skimp on your teeth when you’re late or skip brushings altogether, to what you watch on tv when you think no one’s watching. Answer: it’s all freaky as hell.

    The smart home makes CBS’s Big Brother seem like child’s play (minus the smart toys, cameras and monitors).

  • This is both riveting and alarming. Had no interest in smart home before and even less now!

  • Peter Green
    Peter GreenFounder at FoodMakers.NYC

    This is a screen-scroller (page-turner 2.0). Absolutely fascinating how much data a wired home can collect -

    and transmit. The real scary piece though is that it's all being used for corporate surveillance. And how far is it from trying to sell us things that fit our behavior to guiding our behavior towards the seller's more profitable products and services.

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