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RAND Europe was commissioned by Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, to investigate and prepare an independent expert report on the growth of the connected living room and the implications of this growth for UK citizens and consumers. As the living room becomes an Internet connected space, this shift offers opportunities to consumers and industry while also raising potential privacy and security concerns. Although currently a nascent market, the uptake of living room connected devices is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. However, it appears that there is a low awareness of how the capabilities of living room connected devices might be used, either legitimately by industry or illegitimately by criminal actors. This report addresses the security and privacy implications of the Internet connected living room for both industry and consumers, discussing potential benefits and emerging threats associated with living room connected devices and their technical capabilities.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Understanding the growth of the Internet connected living room

  • Chapter Two

    Security, privacy and industry challenges in the Internet connected living room

  • Chapter Three

    Protecting users and industry in the Internet connected living room

  • Chapter Four

    Potential ways to increase the security of living room connected devices

  • Appendix A

    Methodology

  • Appendix B

    Descriptions of LRCDs and services

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