Connected devices such as smart speakers and virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri, as well as wearable tech, have become hugely popular in recent years, reshaping life in homes and workplaces.

Such devices are marketed as smart assistants able to help users multi-task more easily and better organise their lives, as well as stay informed, improve accessibility and aid connectivity. Moreover, connected devices present in peoples' homes increasingly include the ability to use a voice-activated virtual assistant.

However, there have been concerns raised in the past about user privacy and data collection. In addition, the Committee said it also wanted to look into security concerns and the possible hacking of such gadgets, in light of the recent rise in the number of detected cyber attacks and online scams. 

MPs said they would look into both the benefits and the threats of the technology, as well as their impact on different parts of society.