Next Avenue: Caution: Gadgets designed to keep older adults safe may be invasive to privacy

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

One of the most exciting sectors in the elder care market is the technology industry moving into the caregiving business. High-tech devices and support services are being built around smartphones, voice-activated devices, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things — web-enabled sensors in everything from toilets to the refrigerator.

The promise in the innovations spawned by the emerging digital caregiving ecosystem (largely centered in the home) is powerful. But so are the privacy perils.

And based on recent experience and the potential dangers ahead, policy makers and consumers will need to rally behind the cause of tough national digital privacy guardrails.

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