I’ve known Dr. Tom Keenan for sometime as he is/was a professor at the University of Calgary when I was there many years ago, but the other night I went to a presentation he put on for a local ITPro User group and it was rather good. A lot of the material he presented was from his book Technocreep which would be an good read for anyone interested in how technology is invading your privacy and frankly controlling you.
Now we talked about all sorts of things like data mining, tracking folks, Audio Spot Lights, Scent Cannons, facial recognition, drones, and all sorts of devices and data collection etc that all might sound somewhat legit (well some maybe not), but they all have another side which perhaps unintended is be used for perhaps not the best reasons. This stuff is all the stuff of IoT, for example all those cool fitness devices that people where that brag about their exercise accomplishments well you might be bragging about more then your exercise levels. Now granted Fitbit fixed this
but it is a great example of something that really wasn’t thought about when the device was first designed.
So when you design a device or IoT system, think about what your trying to measure and what you might inadvertently measure, or who else might see that data, or what else might be in your data, like that very energetic calorie burn session at 2:30 AM that ends up on twitter.