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Tradeoffs, Transparency, and Shared Responsibility: Exploring Users' Perceptions of Smart Home Security and Privacy in the U.S.

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Author(s)

Julie Haney

Abstract

Smart home technology may expose adopters to increased risk to network security, information privacy, and physical safety. However, users of this technology may lack understanding of the privacy and security implications, and manufacturers often fail to provide transparency and configuration options. These shortfalls may result in little meaningful action to protect users' security and privacy. This talk synthesizes insights from three NIST research studies focused on the security and privacy perceptions, concerns, actions, and challenges of U.S. smart home users and how those may sometimes vary across smart home device categories. Further discussion will offer suggestions on how these insights can inform government, manufacturer, standards, and consumer advocacy efforts to better meet the security and privacy needs of smart home users while improving overall security and privacy outcomes.

Keywords

cybersecurity, privacy, smart homes, IoT

Citation

Haney, J. (2023), Tradeoffs, Transparency, and Shared Responsibility: Exploring Users' Perceptions of Smart Home Security and Privacy in the U.S., [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=957104 (Accessed March 2, 2024)
Created December 13, 2023, Updated December 18, 2023