New App Allows to Know On IoT Devices Surrounding You


Our growing presence in the digital world has led to new issues. Data privacy is one such issue with a need to pay attention today. You are not even aware of the data getting collected about you through various devices such as digital cameras with face recognition system. At the same time, we are surrounded by various Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. These technologies are also spying on our activities and we are not even notified about it. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have presented a new app that helps us to deal with this issue.

App Notifies On IoT Technologies Are around You

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed IoT Assistant App. It allows you to know the IoT technologies surrounding you. At the same time, it notifies you what data these technologies they are collecting about you. Moreover, the app assists to access if the device allows you to select from privacy choices such as opting in or out of data collection. Furthermore, both Android phone users and iOS phone users can avail this app.

Professor Norman Sadeh is the lead investigator on the latest project. He stated, “The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are new laws. They have compelled to offer information on the data gathered about them. At the same time, these laws highlight the need of giving a few options over these processes. We have created an infrastructure that allows owners of IoT technologies to meet with these laws. The latest app takes the assistance of this infrastructure to allow people in discovering these technologies. Similarly, it allows the users to control data collected by these technologies.”

This app informs end-users about IoT devices surrounding them. Moreover, the IoT device owners can publish the existence of their IoT devices in registries covering diverse areas. For this purpose, they can use a cloud-based online portal.

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