Wearable Technology Is New Security Risks

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Website Title: Wearable Computing Equals New Security Risks Author: Jeff Bertolucci URL: http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/wearable-computing-equals-new-security-risks/d/d-id/1113411 Date accessed: 6th August 2014 Content of site The article by Bertolucci illustrates the risk and challenges that are associated with wearable technology, which comprises of both wearable computers and wearable electronics. Among the body adaptable wearable electronics that this author considers as likely to be exposed to risks and challenges are fitness trackers and health…show more content…
While on the same context, the article suggests that the security risk is likely to be exacerbated by global sharing of data and hence the possibility of a mobile misfortune taking place on a global scale. Privacy risks In regards to privacy, Bertolucci notes that body adaptable wearable technologies are in most cases used to collect data about various body aspects. He cites the example of a fitness tracker who is likely to use wearable electronics to collect data which is personally identifiable as well as sensitive from a health perspective. Such information may be transferred through the internet and publicised without the athlete’s consent. The article also suggests that the health data from the wearable electronics may also be used by parties such as doctors and medical insurers against the wishes of the consumer. Adoption challenges The article by Bertolucci also highlights that mass adoption of body adaptable wearable electronics is in the current times a key challenge. He attributes this problem to the current balkanization of the market. More specifically, Bertolucci notes that wearable electronics lack a common operating system. The current fragmentation prevents communication and interactions with similar devices and hence the inability to achieve mass adoption. He concludes the article by emphasizing on the need for proactive steps to be undertaken in order to ensure a smooth takeoff for these devices. Evaluation This
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