The Internet of Things, a giant web of connected devices, is ever expanding and it’s predicted there will be 8.4 billion connected items online by the end of this year. Fridges, toothbrushes, trashcans and even horses are being given the capability to connect to the internet. Every time another device comes online, more data can be harvested by its creators.

For customers, what’s done with this data is largely unknown. iRobot, the company that makes the adorable Roomba robots that trundle around your home sucking up everything in their path, has revealed its plans to sell maps of living rooms to the world’s biggest tech companies.

Using onboard cameras, sensors, and software, Roombas are able to accurately create a picture of the environment they work in and where they’re positioned.

Read more: IoT Privacy: Roomba wants to sell maps of your living room. You shouldn’t be surprised | WIRED UK

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Published by Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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