This Christmas’ tech gifts are more connected than ever. With both the tech savvy and those just wanting to keep up with the Jones’ purchasing these connected devices - how many of them really know just how much they’re sharing….
The Sonos One Speaker combines a speaker with Amazon Alexa voice control. It can play music from services like Spotify and Amazon Music among others. You can also use the Alexa function to check the weather, set reminders and manage other smart devices. However in order for it to work you have to register the device which means providing information such as an email address and location data (country, postal code).
Sonos state they ‘may work with third party advertisers’ and their privacy statement says “All information you provide may be transferred or accessed by entities around the world”
The Sengled Snap is an energy efficient light combined with an IP camera so it knows where you are in your home, so it can turn the lights on when you’re in the room and vice versa. You might not want to install one in your bathroom or bedroom though, (unless you’re an exhibitionist!) Their privacy statement says ‘While connected to the Services, these devices automatically report information to our servers (including information that you may have provided when setting up or configuring that device), which may include personal information. In addition, our third party partners, including advertising partners, may also use web beacons, or transmit cookies to and read cookies from your browser, application or device when you visit or use our Services’.