More than half of Indians believe smart devices are spying on them: Survey

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New Delhi, Jun 25: As many as 52 percent or more than half of the Indians believe their smart devices record personal information without their knowledge, a survey by YouGov said on Tuesday.

YouGov — an Internet-based market research and data analytics firm — stated that the most commonly used devices are also the ones people are most likely to think are monitoring them.

“People have concerns about their online privacy and losing private data (such as photos, mails, financial information) is people’s biggest tech-related fear (with 55 percent saying it).

“Cyber terrorism (53 percent) is the second-biggest fear,” the company said in a statement.

While 85 percent of people own a smartphone, 54 percent believe the technology is spying on them.

According to the survey, around a third fear that with the rapid advancement of technology either they would be socially isolated (34 percent), human interactions would be replaced by Artificial Intelligence (34 percent) or there would be excessive dependence on technology (32 percent).

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