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US consumers have many concerns regarding the privacy leakage and hacking issues of the smart appliances

There is no doubt that technology has made our life much easier and not only that it saves our time a lot, now the introduction of smart appliances have even helped us a lot in the usage of machines. For instance, you can control your air conditioner like you can turn it on or off you it through the smart app, you can even use the app to check the nutrition in a food that you want to eat, or you can get alerts from your refrigerator about how much time you can save your food until it is fresh.

As these applications help us in our day-to-day work but there is a problem that these applications intervene in our personal life by gathering our data that many people in the US do not want. According to a past report, half of the users in the US give equal importance to the personal data that they give to their lives and that point is logical. YouGov has collected the data that about 34% of the people of the US have concerns about their privacy issues with these smart appliances and almost 33% of the people have issues with hacking.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, hackers are using different techniques to get the personal data of users and these cases have been increased up to a great extent, therefore, people fear while using these smart gadgets. YouGov said that the early adopters of these appliances are not such upset about the privacy leakage, those who are vigorously on the viewpoint to purchase the latest technology or are interested to use the latest tech items, but they remain prominent. Almost 29% of the people of cohort are worried about privacy issues and about 26% of the people in the same cohort are fearful about the hacking problem.

The developers of these appliances should also pay attention to the concerns of people and they should also be very clear about how and why these appliances accumulate the data of users. Besides the leakage issue of privacy and hacking issues, almost 33% of people in the US have concerns about the high prices and charges of smart appliances. About 29% of the people think that the problem with these gadgets is that you can only use them when you have an internet connection. While, 22% of the people say that you have to put more passwords and security to use these appliances which are a difficult task to remember. However, the interesting point is there is an equal percentage between the early users of these appliances and the new users in the cost of working of these appliances that is 17% and it is hard to set up these gadgets that have a percentage of 15%. The early users of smart gadgets had more concerns about the restricted connectivity of such appliances with different developers. There are still 21% of those users who have no concerns using these appliances.

YouGov gathered the data from the cohort of about 74,817 people in the US and about 11,410 were the early users of these smart appliances.


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