Last updated on June 23, 2020
According to the NHK World Japan, the Japanese government has announced it will be actively attempting to gain access to more than 200 million Internet of things (IOT) devices in mid-February during a survey performed by the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology. This supposedly will be done by generating random IDs and passwords to attempt to break into the devices.
For devices that the government gains access to, associated users will be informed to address their device security (likely improving their IOT security settings, passwords and updating firmware).
Institute of Security professor Harumichi Yuasa admits that survey researchers might “unintentionally” gain access to webcam images and or stored data. He stated this would violate the device owners’ constitutional right to privacy if their identities are revealed. The institute says it will keep any data obtained in the survey under wraps…no specifics were provided about methods to protect that data…data breaches are thing, right?
My concern is by no means an attack against the Japanese government. No matter the country you are in, it is important to understand what your government is doing. They are supposed to represent their citizens…not rule them. It certainly seems the line between protecting the citizenry and compromising personal privacy is being blurred more and more.
Admittedly, privacy and security are ever growing concerns. We must be vigilant protecting our information while maintaining awareness of government overreach. The government’s role is to protect the people and the peoples’ job to keep the government in check.
For more information check out my references down below. Another quick read regarding this topic, check out the article written by Michael Grothaus.