By B.N. Frank
Privacy and cyber security experts have warned for many years about risks associated with ALL “Smart” and wireless technology – cell phones (see 1, 2, 3), medical devices and implants (see 1, 2), personal and “Smart” home appliances, light bulbs, and wearables (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), utility “Smart” meters (electric, gas, and water), and everything that uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology (see 1, 2).
Last month, researchers from Carnegie Melon University proposed product warning labels that would make it easier for consumers to understand all of this. Of course, manufacturers may not be in a hurry to use them because their “Smart” products allow them to collect data on consumers to analyze and sell to 3rd parties. This is referred to as “Surveillance Capitalism.”
Activist Post reported last year about “Smart TVs” spying on owners.
Here’s another creepy article about that from Simius:
4 ways your Smart TV is Watching you
Today we are going to be talking about 4 ways your smart tv is watching you. Smart TV’s have helped change the way we consume media. For some, it gives better content options than what is available locally. For others, it is a cheaper high-quality alternative to regular TV (especially this year, due to the pandemic, cord-cutting rates are at record highs). It is expected that the number of cord-cutters will reach almost 50% in the next 5 years.
Although, there are some oddities with the way smart TV’s and their market operates.
For example, have you ever wondered why smart TVs are so cheap? In fact, some smart TVs are cheaper than their “dumb” counterparts. Are these companies so nice that they will charge you so little for their amazing tech?
However, with all the good things smart TVs bring, there are some sinister bad’s and we are going to be exploring those bad’s thoroughly in this article.