BIG Brother is watching. Your front door, television and child’s doll could all be spying on you. The internet of things, everyday objects connected to the web, can send and receive data and appliances have the power to gain control and track your behaviour and movements. At least 40 per cent of Australian homes now have at least one internet of things device and they are disguised as normal appliances. They can be fridges, kettles or even window blinds.
There are warnings about the danger of having an internet of things device in your home. Just last year a Norwegian Consumer Council discovered a children’s doll was recording what children were saying and sending the information to a US company, which could share and use the data in a number of different ways. The consumer council found internet-connected toys My Friend Cayla and i-Que breached several consumer laws. READ MORE