Smart home: what about privacy?


smart-home[1]As reported by the American Association of Home Appliances Manufatures (Aham), the research firm Parks Associates found that 47  percent of U.S. broadband households have privacy or security concerns about smart home devices. «Recent high-profile media reports of hacks into smart baby monitors and connected cars, whether valid or not, have heightened consumer concerns over privacy and security for connected home systems» – said Tom Kerber, director of research, home controls and energy, Parks Associates. «Companies need to move quickly to reinforce the security of their solutions as well as ensure the consumer’s right to privacy.»
The consumer research finds that if firms offer a bill of rights to consumers, specifically the rights to be invisible, to approve who uses the data, and to be erased, these efforts could ease concerns for nearly three-fourths of U.S. consumers.