Two thirds of consumers think connected devices are “creepy”

Two thirds of consumers (65 per cent) are concerned with the way connected devices such as smart meters and personal digital assistants collect data, a new study finds.

A similar proportion think connected devices are creepy in the way they collect data about people and their behaviours and more than half (55 per cent) do not trust their connected devices to protect their privacy. More than half (53 per cent) also do not trust connected devices to handle their information responsibly.

The survey by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Internet Society and Consumers International was conducted in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, France and the UK.

The study noted that testing by multiple consumers organisations has found a range of products are rushed to market with little consideration for basic security and privacy protections.