We've been on about this for ages now, smart appliances are not good and we've got lots of reasons to be skeptical about them, we've just been given another. Robotic vacuum cleaners might be spying on you in effect.
The story has unfolded in the USA where Reuters have reported that connected Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners have been collecting data and mapping owner's homes.
No big deal owe hear many people cry, what's the problem?
The problem is if that data about your home is sold to online shopping giants like Amazon, Google and so on to sell you more stuff and, they know the size of your home, how many rooms you have and so on.
iRobot who make the Roomba's don't seem to fussed about sharing this data either with Colin Angle the CEO of iRobot, saying “There's an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared."
Now it's important to point out here that the data has to be "allowed" although there's no detail on whether that is shared by default or not.
But at any rate, we're pretty confident that owners of smart products really don't want all this intimate data "out there" being shared by huge corporations or, ending up in the hands of criminals. After all, if a map of the inside of your house can be that easily obtained, what else can?