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Don't Look Now, but Our Smart Machines May Be Sharing Data about You with… Anyone

We are entering a new era of Internet connectivity — the Internet of Things. Suddenly our devices are much more than just the computers we can hold in our laps.

  • Adam Wernick
  • Public Radio International
  • March 10, 2014

These new devices collect information and make decisions on their own. What does this mean for us?

Bruce Schneier, an author and security technologist who has written several articles about the darker side of the Internet of Things, describes the new situation this way:

“The Internet of yesterday was the Internet of the things we typed into it. It was Facebook. It was text messages. It was a lot of data, but it was data that we gave it. Now the Internet is starting to look around for itself,” he says. 

Schneier says the Internet of Things has a set of eyes and ears that it never had before. And this raises troubling questions about privacy and security. …

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.