Too Many Smarts?



Michael Price is terrified of his new “smart” TV. Along with a plethora of glitzy features, it includes a 46-page privacy policy.

Yes, it has streaming multimedia, games, apps, social media, internet browsing, facial and voice recognition, but in order to deliver those features, the set is “always on” to the extent that the manual warns …

“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”

As the Salon columnist notes,

“You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening.”

Back in 2012, then CIA Director David Petraeus noted:

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.”

It seems that the Internet of Things may well turn out to be the Internet of Spies.