IoT is a fancy word. Used every now and then in most technology articles we read, we feel obliged about the advancements human race is seeking. However, there is other dark side of things about IoT that can significantly intrude our personal life.
Think of a smart fit band that one wears to understand the heart rate; the data collected from it over a significant point of time can be leveraged by the health insurance companies and other health-care companies to issue a marketing ad accordingly and tell us about something that one might not want the other person to know about.
Think of an alarm clock being connected with the coffee maker machine that we daily use. The data signals between both the equipments can be used by a third party to record the time one is getting up at and can also keep an account of our coffee drinking habits.
There are many such day-to-day instances where, unknowingly much of our data is collected by third parties. While, information is asked from a user, nothing much is promised or committed about the protection of that information. Even if mentioned, they are presented in a smart manner where a 7-8 pager policy rules would be asked to ‘agree’ upon as an immediate next step in order to register or download. With user on the internet being a thirsty soul where he/she wants to read most in a limited time, there hardly are people who have time to care about policies. Most of us, without a serious consideration, agree upon all the rules written in impractically small fonts.
It is to be thought that personal information is said to be ‘personal’ for a particular purpose. With every site and app asking to shell out personal details in order to login to the site, the question that is raised is that apart from the simple user data base, where else is the information being sold out!
The rules of internet need a rethinking While, internet is definitely bliss, we need a neutral body to keep a tab over misuses of a person’s personal identity.
After-all, it is a matter of self-esteem for every individual and any disturbance in self-esteem hampers the spirit of the society, by large.
Give it a thought!