Survey explores impact of technology-facilitated abuse

18 Sep 2020

A study is underway to investigate how ‘smart’ devices may be helping to facilitate domestic abuse in Australia and the United Kingdom.

A team from The University of QueenslandQueensland University of Technology and University College London is examining how domestic and sexual violence survivors are being impacted by Internet of Things (IoT) technology, which enables everyday devices to collect, send and receive data.

UQ Law School’s Professor Heather Douglas said lawyers, health and social workers and counsellors were being urged to share their insights via a survey.

“The interconnection of everyday devices via the Internet – including ‘smart’ objects such as TVs, fitness trackers and smartphones – is helpful, but in the wrong hands these devices can pose serious security and privacy risks,” Professor Douglas said.

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