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Posted by JP Gownder on August 1, 2014
Wearables are opening up exciting new scenarios for consumers and enterprise users alike, but the wider conversation on wearables has taken a privacy-oriented turn. The New York Times and WIRED, among others, have covered the emerging privacy concerns associated with wearable devices.
Particular ire has developed against Google Glass. An online activist group, Stop the Cyborgs, opposes Google Glass and related wearables, which the organization says will "normalize ubiquitous surveillance." Stop the Cyborgs offers downloads of anti-Glass graphics for posting in public places and online to spread the message that wearables are inherent privacy violators.
In a major new Forrester report, we present data and insights to help Infrastructure & Operations professionals who are piloting or planning to trial wearables navigate the privacy waters. As a teaser, here are some of our findings:
Responsibility for shepherding privacy falls on both the vendors that make wearables and on the companies that leverage wearables to equip employees or used by customers to interact with them. Ultimately, as with other categories of technology, some dramatic privacy imbroglios almost certainly lie ahead for wearables — but flare-ups will shape, not extinguish, wearables momentum. I invite you to read and download the full report here.
J. P. Gownder is a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals. Follow him on Twitter at @jgownder.
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