The Google, Amazon and Facebook busines model is to gather information about you and sell it. Is that why they are opposing proposed laws to all police access to paedophile and terrorist communications?
We look to the US to see where technology will go next: perhaps we should look to China to see where mining of our personal data will go next. The Chinese government is using the techniques of Google and Facebook to tighten its grip on its citizen’s lives.
New smart speaker technology can leave you open to hackers who can access connected devices like thermostats, baby monitors, web cams and recorders through the ‘smart skills apps’ that often have little or even no protection.
In Australia, there are 1.5m smart home devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, covering 12% of households, but the smarter the home the more inviting it is to hackers. Hacked devices can reveal what you’ve been saying and what your passwords are.