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Privacy Included in "Smart" Security Product

PERSONAL PRIVACY

August 20, 2011

CBC reports on new technology allowing homeowners to control appliances and thermostats remotely using a smartphone. Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said such technologies bring significant benefits to people's lives and that privacy concerns would only surface if the personal information was sent to a central monitoring station. The vice president and general manager of Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, which offers the new service, says building privacy into the product was important. Each user has a four-digit password in order to control appliances, and the central monitoring system doesn't have access to smartphones' e-mails, text messages or cameras, he said.
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