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Smart devices have become core features of modern homes, allowing for remote control and convenience. However, the convenience comes at a cost of privacy. The data collected by these devices is often shared, aggregated, and analyzed, raising concerns about how personal information is used. Australia, as well as many other countries, lacks up-to-date privacy legislation to address these issues. Additionally, privacy policies are often worded broadly, making it unclear how the collected data is utilized. While there are advantages to smart devices, such as creating environmentally conscious homes, experts argue that the main objective of these devices is to collect more information and sell products.
I think it's very concerning, particularly because we don't have up-to-date privacy legislation in Australia, and for that matter, it's a big problem globally as well.
Smart devices offer an intricate advertising technology ecosystem that relies on personal data to target advertising based on individuals' behavior and attributes. This raises questions about who may be interested in accessing such personal information. While privacy concerns are valid, there is also a need for balance, ensuring that the advantages offered by smart devices are not overshadowed by potential risks.
I think the main objective of the smart devices is to collect more information and sell us more things.