So I know this has been addressed in the past in these posts (won’t let me link them since my account is still new):
With the announcement of a Gen2 device that does most of its processing locally, what personal information will be sent back and stored in the cloud? Also, on that same topic, will there be an option to select whether to store IP cameras DVR recordings locally, as opposed to having them stored on 3rd party servers?
Ben, you had stated previously that SmartThings has not received any government requests for information. I’m glad to hear that, but I think as this technology becomes more mainstream, this won’t always be the case. A recent news article announced that DropCam and Nest have been providing user captured data when subpoenaed. I think with the vast amount of information that SmartThings captures, it’s only a matter of time until they find that it is a goldmine of information.
As one of the previous poster hypothesized, innocent situations can look bad when viewed out of context. I’d much prefer that for the Gen2 device, everything is kept locally without external logging of my private information. With that said, I’d be okay with information being logged,so long as it is aggregated data, and in no way traceable back to specific individuals. I understand that this information is used to improve services, so I’m okay with “anonymous” information collecting.
Also, slightly unrelated, but on the account security front, two factor authentication NEEDS to happen. I’ve seen many sites link up with Google’s Authenticator service to provide that additional security. This is really a must in today’s world.
What’s everyone else’s thoughts on this?