Are There Privacy Concerns In The Home Of The Future?
from the maybe...-maybe-not dept
South Korea is known for its widespread adoption of broadband and wireless technologies. Many tech companies in the US like to use South Korea as a testbed, since they believe the US is likely to follow a similar path to South Korea rather than some place like Japan. Now, Michael Kanellos is taking a look at the South Korean effort to make the “connected home of the future” available today. It includes plenty of connected appliances, screens everywhere, RFID chips that monitor things and even a well connected car. The bathroom contains a connected health monitor (want to send your latest data to the doctor?) and flat screens so you can read the latest news. Kanellos is worried about the privacy implications of all of this – but doesn’t seem to indicate what they are. Folks in South Korea don’t seem all that worried – they just want the technology to be available sooner (and for less money). In fact, it’s not entirely clear from the article what the privacy implications really are. There’s some vague talk about RFID (which seems to have become universally associated with “privacy risk” for no clear reason) and some worries about hackers accessing your grocery bill. Of course, for those who already shop online there are the same risks. Really, all this is doing is putting more data online – which is always a risk – but it’s a choice that people can make in exchange for the benefits of the features in such a system. If anything, hopefully trends like this will spur better security and data protection techniques. However, immediately tossing out the house of the future as a privacy risk, without explaining where the real risk is, doesn’t make much sense.