By 2050, there will be an estimated 24 billion interconnected devices worldwide. In the UK alone, there will likely be 61 million smartphone users by 2024. This report wants government action.
The Government must make tackling ‘tech abuse’ a priority, MPs say today, amid a warning that the use of smart technology and connected devices in facilitating domestic abuse is becoming a growing problem.
“While the rising popularity of connected technology has brought undoubted benefits to everyday life, the flip side is the real risk some of these gadgets pose to privacy and personal safety online. In particular, the surge in use of devices such as smart home security systems, baby monitors, cameras and smart speakers to monitor, harass, coerce and control victims of domestic abuse is truly chilling.”
Dame Caroline Dinenage MP, Chair of the CMS Committee