Beware of connected devices, especially if you are hiding something from your partner. In a previous article, we relayed the story of a woman who discovered her partner’s infidelity thanks to the recording archives of a connected speaker using the Amazon Alexa assistant. This week, Indy100 (a site of The Independent) reports on a case in the UK involving a 47-year-old man accused of threatening his wife’s lover with a knife after he overheard via a connected baby monitor.
The facts date back to October 31 and at the time, he would have already suspected the infidelity of his wife (who cheated on him with a former colleague). However, the couple still lived together, and the husband was waiting for proof. Proof that he obtained by listening to the connected baby monitor, installed next to the marital bed. The wife would have turned the baby monitor towards a wall, but she did not turn it off. Thus, the audio stream was therefore transmitted in the cloud. And on his smartphone, the husband could hear.
Upon discovering his wife’s infidelity, the 47-year-old man returned home. On the spot, he would have threatened the lover with a knife. And according to Indy100, in front of the judge, he “admitted to getting into a fight and possessing a knife in a public place without a reasonable excuse.” He was sentenced to 120 hours of community service, and he is now forbidden to approach the “victim”.
Technology can betray you
In any case, this case reminds us of the importance of fully understanding the technologies we use on a daily basis, so that they do not turn against us. Regularly, we discover on the web new stories of this kind, of people discovering the infidelity of their partners thanks to connected devices.
Among these stories is that of a person who, in 2019, revealed how she found out about her partner’s infidelity through a smartwatch. In a series of tweets, American journalist Jane Slater told how her ex was betrayed by his fitbit watch. In essence, they decided to synchronize their watches to motivate themselves. And it was thanks to this feature that she was notified of intense physical activity from her former partner… at 4 am.
An Ex Boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it. We synched up, motivated each other… didn’t hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4am and his physical activity levels were spiking on the app 🥴wish the story wasn’t real. https://t.co/npRkLJYYz0
—Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 5, 2019