Jul 9, 2018

Smart home gadgets in domestic abuse warning

A list offering guidance to those affected by smart home devices being used to control or harass them within abusive relationships has been published online. The UK team behind the "Tech abuse" list, including researchers from Privacy International and University College London, says it was created to "Better inform and guide victims of technology-facilitated abuse as well as those working with them". Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from Surrey University, told the BBC smart devices could be intimidating to use, especially if installed by others. "Imagine how you can make someone feel small and stupid because they can't operate smart gadgets 'properly' - and how you can convince the abused person how much they need you because only you can operate it," he said. "You would probably change the door locks on your home in the event of your partner moving out. You should seriously consider changing your smart locks too," he said in a blog exploring the subject.

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