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"Your Privilege Gives Your Privacy Away: An Analysis of a Home Security Camera Service," is a new IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications paper by researchers from Queen Mary U and the Chinese Academy of Science.…

The researchers analyzed 15.4m encrypted streams from 211k users' homes and found that they could characterize activity levels in the homes without decrypting the streams. IOW: the encrypted video from your home CCTVs is detectably different when you're not home.

The researchers were able to do more than figure out if now was a good time to rob your house, though - analysis of the encrypted streams also distinguished different types of motion, like running and sitting.

Home cameras epitomize the shitty tech adoption curve - our worst technologies ascend a privilege gradient that starts with kids, prisoners, refugees, welfare recipients etc, and works its way to the rest of the world as it's normalized and perfected.…

20 years ago, if you had a camera streaming video from your living quarters to a third party, it was because you were in a supermax prisoner. Now it just means you were unwise enough to invest in Nest, Apple Home, Google Home, or Ring.

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