Sat. May 25th, 2024

TLDR: Pet owners are increasingly using pet technology, such as devices and apps connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), for various pet care purposes. However, a new study by researchers from Newcastle University and the University of London suggests that pet technology has its own vulnerabilities and privacy risks. The study analyzed the privacy and security practices of 20 commonly-used pet tech apps and surveyed 593 users to understand their experiences, concerns, and protective measures. The researchers found that there is almost no legal regulation for pet technology in regards to privacy and security, leaving user data and personal information at risk. Many of the apps analyzed had security vulnerabilities, such as displaying user login details in plain text and tracking users without proper consent. Despite user concerns about privacy and security, the study found that few participants took adequate security measures with their pet tech. The researchers call for stronger regulations, improved privacy and security measures, and further research to address the risks associated with pet technology.

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