Wireless tech expert says companies, government need to address privacy in smart home devices

The founding director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center said in an episode of Hill.TV’s “Boundless” that technology companies need to work with government agencies on smart home technology in order to address privacy concerns. 

“If you say I put a set of 5G access points in my home, what’s that going to do to my privacy? Is it inviting all of these companies to come into your home?” Jan Rabey told Hill.TV. “No, you don’t want everyone to come visit you continuously. You want to invite them only when you want them.”

The Berkley Wireless Research Center is a part of the University of California at Berkley. 

“Having those necessary firewalls and things like that, basically shield you off, and make sure only the information that you want to go outside goes outside, is going to be very important,” he continued. 

“That’s why you have to interact with government agencies that basically represent various parts of the population, and as well as technology providers. Otherwise, you might get a backlash,” he said. 

“Boundless” is a multi-part Hill.TV documentary series focused on technological advancements. 

— Julia Manchester