Household Tech Devices Allow Organizations to Learn About You

January 08, 2017 10:28 PM

Some of the hottest gifts of the holiday season are starting to show up in courtrooms across the country.

Some smart devices, many of which you already own, may be more about you than you realize.


These days, Minnesotans have smart televisions, smart cars and event smart thermostats.

From where you go, to what you do, the 1984 comparisons may not be as farfetched as you think.

“What’s interesting now is it’s not the government that’s putting these tracking devices in our homes, it’s us,” said senior forensic consultant Chris Schulte.

Take for example, a recent case out of Arkansas.

Prosecutors want recording made by a murder suspect’s Amazon Echo, which happened to be one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season.

That, in itself, doesn’t surprise tech expert Chris Schulte.

“I’m surprised it took so long for prosecutors to start to understand the technology to make the requests,” said Schulte.

In fact, you may be surprised just how many household items you own which could, theoretically, be gathering your info.

Schulte showed KSTP some of his household tech devices.

“These are all great pieces of technology that help me, but when the data from all these devices get combined, and when you build a profile out of this, then all of a sudden people or organizations can learn things about you that you may not want them to know about you,” said Schulte.

So what should you do if you’re concerned?

Schulte recommends calling elected officials.

According to him, we’re currently in a Wild West of sorts when it comes to rules and regulations pertaining to tech devices.


Josh Rosenthal

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