Privacy in a world of technology driven personal assistants.
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on January 19, 2017 - 5:38pm
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The Amazon Echo and the Google Home were huge Christmas items for many familes. These tech driven personal assistants can change the thermometer in your home, turn on and off lights, bring up music play lists, and even help with homework. (I've asked our Amazon Echo how to spell a word or to look up a fact online and get me the information I needed.) I've also searched for recipes, set alarms, and done hundreds of things that make life just a little simpler. Yet, what is the cost to a potential loss of privacy?
Recently, a story about a little girl who asked Amazon's Echo -triggered by the name Alexa - to buy a doll house and the doll house was ordered made the news. While this was an accident, does it mean we are vulnerable to other hacks where our data is at risk? What makes this even more interesting is when the story was reported on a newscast, many devices were activated. People who heard the broadcast needed to cancel orders of more dollhouses. While this may appear harmless, the easy access to data has many people concerned about privacy and data storage.
How do these new devices change your expectation of privacy, if at all? And, how do they change how you teach students to protect their data?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences.