Lat­est gad­gets want to peer into our lives

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SCITE H - —AFP —AP

Many of the hottest new gad­gets are also the nosiest ones. This week’s CES tech show in Las Vegas was a show­case for cam­eras that livestream the liv­ing room, bath­room mir­rors that of­fer beauty tips and giz­mos that track the heart­beats of un­born chil­dren. All will col­lect some kind of data about their users, whether pho­tos or mon­i­tor read­ings; how well they’ll pro­tect it and what ex­actly they plan to do with it are the im­por­tant and of­ten unan­swered ques­tions.

These fea­tures can be use­ful — or at least fun — but they all open the door for com­pa­nies and their work­ers to peek into your pri­vate life. Just this week, The In­ter­cept re­ported that Ring, a se­cu­rity-cam­era com­pany owned by Amazon, gave a va­ri­ety of em­ploy­ees and ex­ec­u­tives ac­cess to recorded and some­times live video footage from cus­tomers’ homes.

Our data-driven age now forces you to weigh the use­ful­ness of a smart mir­ror against the risk that strangers might be watch­ing you in your bath­room. Hack­ers can break in and ac­cess sen­si­tive data, or your ex might hold onto a video feed long after you’ve bro­ken up.

Con­cept vehicle be­ing dis­played at CES 2019 in Las Vegas

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