Will the Internet of Things erode privacy?

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Many of  George Orwell’s predictions have come true mainly in the name of safety.

No one likes a ticket from fixed police speed cameras which were cleverly named safety cameras. They were first introduced more than 20-years-ago to curb accidents on the A1.

Street closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) have proved their worth multiple times in catching crooks and terrorists but selling footage for entertainment is more dubious.

Writing on Jura, Orwell conceived of Big Brother as a fictional character, the leader of Oceania, his totalitarian state in 1984, where every citizen is under constant surveillance.

Orwell could not have dreamed that his term be used as the title for a voyeuristic television programme but this week the Big Brother house, at Elstree studios, was demolished.

Also this week collecting data, direct from houses, moved another step closer as Argyll and Bute council embraced the Internet of Things.

In partnership with a Glasgow based company a wireless network will allow the council to keep tabs on smart electrical devices.

Compliance for commercial fridges has already been mentioned in the publicity.