Beware of the home appliances: Your dishwasher could spy on you

The former deputy director of the US National Security Agency has issued a warning

We all know that technology is getting smarter and our homes are becoming more connected, but what does this mean for our privacy?

It's thought that in the era of the "internet of things", some 100 billion devices will become connected to the internet and each other within five years. This will leave us vulnerable to being spied on, according to the former deputy director of the US National Security Agency, Chris Inglis. 

Inglis says that this level of integrated technology could be a new threat and that people should "just say no" to home appliances such as dishwashers having internet access.  


Europe's biggest software company, SAP, and the German appliances manufacturer Bosch recently signed an agreement in terms of which SAP will enable interaction with, and between, Bosch products over the internet.

"All these devices will talk to each other," said Benedict Evans, a US technology venture capitalist. "So if you walk into the house with someone your security camera doesn't recognise, and your calendar mentions "date", some sort of AI system will dim the lights and start playing Barry White."

Many manufacturers are working to catch up with Google, who purchased Nest, a company that manufactures smart thermostats and smoke detectors.