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Google's smart-home plans include 'neighborhood security networks' and security ratings for homes

Pulkit Chandna | March 13, 2015
A patent application the search giant published Thursday points to a future in which smart homes have each other’s back, and where a smart home’s ‘security score’ determines the cost of security services and insurance.

The impact on you: This is just a patent application and there's every chance that many of the ideas contained in it will never see the light of the day, or may be unrecognizable from their current selves when they are finally implemented. But in the eventuality that they do come to fruition, the likely impact could be huge and manifold. As much as we are excited about a future where smart homes are secure from both within and without, the potential privacy implications of such a wide-scale data collection program aren't something we are willing to overlook.


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