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55% Of Consumers See IoT, AI As Risks To Privacy

New connected technologies are continuing to cause serious concerns around privacy and security.

The two are really separate issues, as we continually document here.

For example, consumers have varying degrees of trust, based on who is providing the service, as I wrote about here earlier this week (Cybersecurity Study: 3% Of Consumers See Marketing, Advertising As 'Trustworthy').

The same study that found a low level of trust from marketing and advertising businesses around cybersecurity, also examined privacy.

There are many technologies here and coming soon that pose serious privacy considerations.

These range from chips being embedded into people, which already is being done, to virtual and augmented realities.

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The majority of consumers see the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence as a potential threat to their privacy. Here are the percentages of consumers who view each technology as a potential threat to their privacy:

  • 67% -- Chips in human skin
  • 55% -- Artificial intelligence, Internet of Things
  • 54% -- Digital payments
  • 49% -- Machine learning
  • 47% -- Chatbots, self-driving cars
  • 45% -- Drone delivery
  • 42% -- Wearable tech
  • 40% -- Bitcoin
  • 35% -- Augmented reality
  • 32% - -Virtual reality

The issues of security and privacy are going to be top of mind for some time with all the connected technology coming.

The good news is that more consumers are becoming aware of the risks that come along with Internet-connected things.

The pressure now is on the companies that provide those things, along with those who send content through them, to deliver.

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