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​Should Internal Auditors Worry About Digital Spies in Our Midst?

In his blog, IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, shares his personal reflections and insights on the internal audit profession. Here's an excerpt from his latest post:

During one of the lighter moments of a recent meeting at IIA Global Headquarters, the following joke was shared:

Wife to husband: "Why are you always whispering in the house?"
Husband: "Because I'm afraid the government is listening."
Wife laughs. Husband laughs. Alexa laughs. Siri laughs.

I'm certain this joke is making the rounds, from boardrooms to bedrooms and across social media. But, as with many topics we joke about, the heart of the subject is not a laughing matter.

According to U.K.-based Juniper Research, there were 2.5 billion digital voice assistants, such as Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant, in use as of the end of 2018. That figure is expected to triple to 8 billion by 2023. This means billions of people around the world already have — knowingly or not — traded in a bit of their privacy for convenience.

Read the full InternalAuditor.org blog post from IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers.