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As computers impact our daily life we should be switched on to the dangers of smart technology

letter of the day: Internet Hacking

We live in an age in which computers and the internet are impacting on everyone's daily life.

Personally, I do not like the idea of having everything connected to the internet as it poses potential data and security risks.

Already there have been numerous reports of the hacking of websites and data breaches. These data security issues are getting worse - just imagine what could well happen with self drive cars!

My daughter, who lives in Heidelberg, tells me that the German government has now banned the sale of smart watches and toys for children, such as smart dolls, over concerns with surveillance and spying.

I understand a German university is carrying out research to address this ongoing problem to combat the hackers, especially regarding smart medical devices such as MRI and CT scanners, home monitors and pacemakers.

The government should introduce a total moratorium on their further implementation before disaster strikes.

Already the UK Information Commissioner is now advising that smart toys and watches should have their cameras turned off to prevent possible spying.

I am reminded of the remark made by the Duke of Wellington to Colonel Sir William de Lancey on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo: "If I thought my hair knew what my brain was thinking, I'd shave it off and wear a wig."

Cadogan West


Co Down

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