The House That Spied on Me


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yesterday by iskandr
The fantasy of the smart home is that it will save us time and effort, but the friction involved in getting various devices from different companies to work together meant that many things took longer to do.
home  technology 
2 days ago by foliovision
In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.
surveillance 
5 days ago by zesteur
"I thought the house would take care of me but instead everything in it now had the power to ask me to do things. Ultimately, I’m not going to warn you against making everything in your home smart because of the privacy risks, although there are quite a few. I’m going to warn you against a smart home because living in it is annoying as hell."
privacy  technology  surveillance  technology-is-not-the-solution-for-everything  internet  future  obvious 
5 days ago by ssam
I thought the house would take care of me but instead everything in it now had the power to ask me to do things.
iot  privacy  security  surveillance 
5 days ago by soobrosa
Kashmir Hill and Surya Matta:
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Matta: Yes, I am basically Kashmir’s sentient home. Kashmir wanted to know what it would be like to live in a smart home and I wanted to find out what the digital emissions from that home would reveal about her. Cybersecurity wasn’t my focus. (I wasn’t interested in hacking her sex toy or any of her other belongings.) Privacy was. What could I tell about the patterns of her and her family’s life by passively gathering the data trails from her belongings? How often were the devices talking? Could I tell what the people inside were doing on an hourly basis based on what I saw?

Using a Raspberry Pi computer, I built a router with a Wi-Fi network called “iotea” (I’m not very good at naming things) to which Kashmir connected all of her devices, so that I could capture the smart home’s network activity. In other words, I could see every time the devices were talking to servers outside the home.

I had the same view of Kashmir’s house that her Internet Service Provider (ISP) has. After Congress voted last year to allow ISPs to spy on and sell their customers’ internet usage data, we were all warned that the ISPs could now sell our browsing activity, or records of what we do on our computers and smartphones. But in fact, they have access to more than that. If you have any smart devices in your home—a TV that connects to the internet, an Echo, a Withings scale—your ISP can see and sell information about that activity too. With my “iotea” router I was seeing the information about Kashmir and her family that Comcast, her ISP, could monitor and sell.</p>

All very scary, really. And inconvenient: she needed 14 different apps (and accounts) to control it all, and the lights wouldn't listen to the Alexa, and "smart coffee was also a world of hell". (The dream of making-coffee-at-a-distance just won't go away.)
surveillance  iot 
6 days ago by charlesarthur
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7 days ago by kejadlen
After a week of living in my newly smartened home, I could tell why the Beast was always in such a bad mood: The animate objects in my home were becoming a constant source of annoyance. I thought this was going to be a story about privacy, but instead I was finding out how infuriating it is to live in a janky smart home.
wave6  privacy  fail  measurement  security 
7 days ago by dancall
Kashmir In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could…
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7 days ago by michaelfox
In which the writer creates a “smart home” by connecting every appliance to the internet. “I had to download 14 apps to my phone, creating an account for each one”. Smart they were not. “It took at least two hours to get our Christmas lights plugged into smart plugs, and then to get those plugs online with their apps, and then to get those apps to talk to the Alexa app.” As for privacy, forget it. “All of the anxiety you feel about being tracked online moves into your living room”
smarthome  privacy  security  thefuture 
7 days ago by JohnDrake
Kashmir In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could…
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8 days ago by iany
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8 days ago by fanficforensics
“Ask Behmor (pronunciation: Be-more) to brew me coffee.”

“Behmor,” she would respond. “A passion for coffee. How can I help you?”

“Brew me coffee.”

“I don’t understand,” she would respond. This was especially aggravating for two caffeine-addicted people who had not yet had their coffee. Sometimes we would keep rephrasing the question until she got it, but more often, one of us would just get up, walk to the kitchen and press the button on the coffeemaker rather than doing it the “smart” way.

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“The camera’s not working,” I texted my husband.

He replied that he had unplugged it.

“It was staring at me while I made coffee,” he texted back.
privacy  security  surveillance  iot  future  singularity 
8 days ago by imaginaryfriend
100j or pair with Cowan on more work for mother in 100g. Great article about what data is transmitted by smart homes. Could be an example of a student project too.
teaching 
9 days ago by scritic
The reason I smartened up my house was to find out whether it would betray me.
I installed internet-connected devices to serve me, but by making the otherwise inanimate objects of my home “smart” and giving them internet-connected “brains,” I was also giving them the ability to gather information about my home and the people in it. The company that sold me my internet-connected vacuum, for example, recently said that it collects a “rich map of the home” and plans to one day share it with Apple, Amazon, or Alphabet, the three companies that hope to dominate the smart home market. Once I made my home smart, what would it learn and whom would it tell?

One person I knew it would be leaking to was my colleague, Surya Mattu, because he built a special router to monitor the devices monitoring me.
privacy  security  netnarr 
9 days ago by cogdog
I made my house smart. It was terrible and I think @trevortimm kind of wanted to divorce me
security  privacy  ioT  smartHome 
10 days ago by Jswindle
Case study of a reporter setting up their own home with a dozen-ish smart devices and watching what data they collected + phoned home.
technology  privacy  internet-of-things 
10 days ago by gunsch
In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.
privacy  internetofthings 
10 days ago by jeffhammond
Kashmir In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could…
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10 days ago by divigation
Kashmir In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could…
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10 days ago by joeybaker
Kashmir In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could…
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10 days ago by mauty
RT : I made my house smart. It was terrible and I think kind of wanted to divorce me
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10 days ago by mcguinness
RT : If you want to see the Internet of Shit house of horrors, beat me to it
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10 days ago by Cabble
The House That Spied on Me - how much data are you giving away in your smart home? https://t.co/Xz8pH7ikVE
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10 days ago by bytebot
Kashmir
In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.
“Our bed?” asked my husband, aghast. “What can it tell us?”
“Our breathing rate, heart rate, how often we toss and turn, and then it will give us a sleep report each morning,” I explained.
“Sounds creepy,” he said, as he plopped down on that bed, not bothered enough to relax instead on our non-internet-connected couch.
I soon discovered that the only thing worse than getting a bad night’s sleep is to subsequently get a report from my bed telling me I got a low score and “missed my sleep goal.” Thanks, smart bed, but I know that already. I feel like shit.
security  privacy  smart_home  spying 
11 days ago by rgl7194
Food for thought. Not good.
IoT  privacy 
11 days ago by traggett
This is a great article on the everyday unpleasantness of living in a "smart" home:
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11 days ago by eh
Kashmir In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could…
11 days ago by jayhoffmann
I thought the house would take care of me but instead everything in it now had the power to ask me to do things. Ultimately, I’m not going to warn you against making everything in your home smart because of the privacy risks, although there are quite a few. I’m going to warn you against a smart home because living in it is annoying as hell.
privacy 
11 days ago by W6AZ
Kashmir In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could…
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11 days ago by indirect
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11 days ago by vonhaller
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11 days ago by cierniak
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11 days ago by daisyk
I installed internet-connected devices to serve me, but by making the otherwise inanimate objects of my home “smart” and giving them internet-connected “brains,” I was also giving them the ability to gather information about my home and the people in it. The company that sold me my internet-connected vacuum, for example, recently said that it collects a “rich map of the home” and plans to one day share it with Apple, Amazon, or Alphabet, the three companies that hope to dominate the smart home market. Once I made my home smart, what would it learn and whom would it tell?
iot  gizmodo 
12 days ago by lendamico
Kashmir In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could…
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12 days ago by albinadev
When you buy a smart device, it doesn’t just belong to you; you share custody with the company that made it.
ee  iot  surveillance  isp 
12 days ago by osi_info_program
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12 days ago by zvi
An in-depth look at the scary experience of living in a smart home and how it creates new streams of personal information that can be used to profile us
12 days ago by joeo10
This, to my mind, exemplifies what a good data ethnography can do. via
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12 days ago by _m_space
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SmartHome 
12 days ago by gkirksey
After a week of living in my newly smartened home, I could tell why the Beast was always in such a bad mood: The animate objects in my home were becoming a constant source of annoyance. I thought this was going to be a story about privacy, but instead I was finding out how infuriating it is to live in a janky smart home.
iot  privacy 
12 days ago by jasonsamuels