The Internet of things has given us a glimpse of the future, and its revolution is sweeping over the world.
In just the past three years, we’ve seen the rise of “smart home” products that help us monitor, control and even automate everything from washing machines and thermostats to washing machines, car controls and even a smart oven.
While the Internet is changing the way we interact with our homes, the real impact of IoT on our lives is yet to be seen.
But that’s about to change.
And the future of smart home products is looking promising.
This week, the United Nations released a report called “The Internet of Home: Enhancing Home Security and Ease of Living in the 21st Century,” and it shows just how quickly the Internet has become an important part of our lives.
In the report, UNDP’s Stephen Hsu, the UN Special Rapporteur on digital rights and the right to privacy, describes how smart home devices have the ability to track us across a wide range of sensors and make us feel like they’re in our homes.
Hsu says the Internet will eventually make us more aware of what’s happening in our lives, and that we’ll also be able to access data stored in our smart devices.
So, as a result of this new data, we’ll be able—not just passively, but actively—to see what’s going on around us, and better understand the world around us.
We’ll be more connected to the world, to each other and to the natural world, he says.
The Internet is an important tool for our lives Hsu sees this as a boon for the right of privacy, because it allows us to more fully share our lives and identities.
And that’s important for a number of reasons.
First, it allows people to be more open about their personal information.
We already have the right for people to share information about us online.
The UN report says the right is also a key right for citizens to exercise control over their own data.
Huse says, “A right to personal data includes the right not to have it disclosed, whether for any reason or not.”
Hsu’s comments echo the right, and we’ll soon see this right extend to our digital lives, too.
For instance, the right can be a powerful tool for privacy when it comes to information collection, but we’ll never see a single person get in the way of the data that’s collected by a surveillance system.
This is because the right applies to everything we do online, and so the data collected by our smartphones is no different.
Hush said we will soon be able “to control all aspects of our online life,” including what information we share with advertisers and advertisers will have to share with us about how we spend our time online.
But we’ll still have to be very careful.
“Privacy is essential,” he said.
And it will be critical to the future success of the right as well.
As a result, we’re going to have to change how we interact and manage our data.
That means we’ll need to change the way the Internet works and how we use it.
That will be challenging, but it will also be a major challenge.
There are a number technological and social challenges that will require us to think differently about how and when we use data and how it is shared.
So far, we seem to be living in an era of constant data collection.
That’s going to be an enormous challenge for all of us as we interact more and more with the world—not only in the physical world, but also online and on our mobile devices.
We have to take a long-term view about how our data is being used, Hsu said.
We need to think about how to protect the right.
And we need to be ready to adapt as we learn new technologies and tools to better protect the rights of privacy.