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The Internet of Things is a data farm, Roomba won't be its only profiteer

PA’s John Skipper, a cybersecurity expert, is quoted in a news article in Wired about the security concerns following Roomba announcing its plans to sell maps of people’s living rooms to tech companies.

The article looks at the Internet of Things and the data that is collected from everyday household objects that are connected to the web of other interconnected devices. The article specifically looks at Hoover’s Roomba robot which can accurately create a picture of the environment whilst it is sucking up dirt in people's homes.

Looking at the security angle, John explains: “The implications of all of the data that can be gathered from IoT networks is only just starting to be thought about.”

He goes on to talk about the concerns for Roomba owners: “The ideas of informed consent are challenging. How do you know what information your vacuum cleaner may be picking up while it is hovering around your house?”

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