Without a doubt, the Internet of Things can improve the function and reliability of many things including cars, appliances and indoor living and working environments, but at what cost? Does this function and reliability have to be at the expense of our personal privacy?
Every device connected to the Internet runs the risk of exposing sensitive personal data to those who would abuse it. Saying “who cares?” may be tempting when the implication is making thermostat data accessible to others. But consider that even such innocuous information such as thermostat data can be used to determine when you are home, when you are out, how many people are in your home and so on.
Author: John Cohn