The poll also finds women are more unnerved about smart devices than men are, by a margin of seven percent. Unsurprisingly, residents in tech-dominant cities and regions are more accepting of potentially being recorded than Americans in communities with less high-tech development.
Not reading the fine print on smart devices
The Safety.com team says modern technology, capable of tracking every move we make, is becoming an unavoidable part of daily life. From smart speakers in the kitchen to smart cameras in the doorbell, this technology is built to record, watch, or listen to information in real time.Although many might wonder how their interests end up in the next commercial their speakers play, researchers note few Americans really go through the terms and services agreement when downloading their various apps. They add skipping these privacy notices has actually become second nature to many tech users. Therefore, do many people really know how much data they’re agreeing to share with companies?
Digital amenities outweigh privacy concerns
As legal and privacy experts continue to debate how ethical that sentiment is, Safety.com finds more and more people are choosing convenience over their own privacy. This is especially true when it comes to owning smartphones.Researchers estimate that around about 290 million smartphones in the U.S., or a staggering 80 percent of the consumer market. America ranks third among countries with the most smartphones.
The survey does find that more people are still a little wary of putting smart devices in their home. There are about 90 million smart speakers currently in American homes or vehicles, or about a third of the population.