"privacy" articles

This week it was revealed that Apple uses contractors to review Siri recordings, which exposes the recordings of Apple customers’ personal lives including recordings of doctor visits and other personal situations. In April, an investigation by Bloomberg highlighted that one way in which Amazon improves the Alexa solution is to have humans review customers’ requests. In July, a study from a Belgian public broadcaster revealed that recordings from Google Assistant were being transcribed...
 
by Patrice Samuels | Aug. 1, 2019
Tags: privacy, smart home
Smart home device ownership tripled between 2014 and 2018, and households utilizing smart home technology now own an average of six devices. As the number of connected devices in the household increases, so does the consumer’s risk of exposure to a data privacy breach. That risk is amplified by devices like smart speakers with voice assistants (Amazon Echo, Google Home, etc.), which collect massive troves of data, while device manufacturers potentially harness that data without...
Every year, Amazon hosts Prime Day, a one-day event of deals exclusive to Amazon Prime members. Heavy promotion of its own products, electronics in particular, are a common theme on Prime Day. This year, Amazon offered its Prime members a promotion that gave them a $10 coupon in exchange for tracking their data. The offer requires members to install Amazon Assistant, a browser tool that allows consumers to discover Amazon products and compare prices across other retailers on the web. This...
 
by Dina Abdelrazik | Jul. 19, 2019
Tags: Amazon, privacy
Currently, 25% of U.S. broadband households that do not own a smart home device and do not plan to purchase one will not purchase these products due to security and privacy concerns. Addressing consumer privacy and security concerns is a key issue for the industry and Parks Associates At the 23rd-annual CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference, Parks Associates and key industry leaders will explore new opportunities for service providers as well as current attitudes on data...
Prior to Parks Associates’ 13th-annual CONNECTIONS Summit at CES , in Las Vegas, Geoff Gross, Founder and CEO, Medical Guardian shared his insights on the future of connected devices, smart home, and independent living solutions with the firm's analyst team. Geoff will be participating on the Independent Living: Serving Consumers at Home panel during the conference on Tuesday, January 8, at 4:15 PM. Panelists joining him on this session include: Steve Chazin, VP, Product...
Submitted by Open Connectivity Foundation. The security of Internet of Things devices has always been one of the top priorities of the Open Connectivity Foundation. As more devices come online every day, the amount of cybersecurity risks continues to climb – from privacy issues to theft of personal data. That’s why OCF is constantly working to improve the security features of devices. These are included before the device even goes online, giving consumers the peace of...
According to Parks Associates research, the percentage of broadband households not intending to purchase a smart home device due to security and privacy concerns has increased from 21% in Q1 2017 to 32% in Q1 2018. Further, more than one-fourth of U.S. broadband households strongly agree that it’s impossible to keep their personal data away from unauthorized users. Security and privacy concerns are clearly becoming top of mind for many connected consumers. As the number of...
Prior to Parks Associates’ 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference , Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant shared insights with the analyst team to discuss how DIY solutions and consumer concerns about data security and privacy as the number of connected products increases. Wayne will be participating on the Energizing the Smart Home: Changing Role of Utilities panel today at 11:15 AM. Panelists joining him on this session include:...

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