The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to internet-connected devices that are able to connect with other devices and to be controlled remotely through a device or app. IoT devices have become commonplace in many homes and can serve as important tools for increased efficiency and for users to connect with friends and family. Unfortunately, IoT devices can also be misused to stalk, harass, and surveil. For more information about the misuse of IoT devices, check out Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse, a recent New York Times article in which NNEDV was interviewed regarding the misuse of “smart home” devices in domestic violence cases.
While misuse of IoT devices appears to be rising, it can be hard to identify all of the risks and safety options associated with common IoT devices. To assist in better understanding IoT in domestic violence cases, NNEDV has created a new set of resources, including:
- IoT privacy and safety
- Home automation & personal assistants,
- Connected health & medical devices,
- Smart toys & location trackers, and
- Smart cars & driverless vehicles.
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