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The Surveillance Operative Lurking in the Living Room

Ben West
Global Security Analyst, Stratfor
Nov 30, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
Digital home assistants already have brought microphones into as many rooms of our houses as we're willing to allow. Now many of them come equipped with cameras, too.

The underlying threats that digital home assistants present are nothing new, but the 24/7 microphone and video access the gadgets offer do amplify them.

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