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Wearables could compromise corporate data

Matt Hamblen | July 18, 2016
Like smartphones did years ago, smartwatches could create loss of sensitive workplace and personal data

"While the benefits of wearables in the workplace are indisputable, employee privacy can pose a challenge," PWC's report said. "Theoretically a company can track an employee's location, hours worked, breaks clocked and even steps taken. Personal time (such as late-night drinking for a friend's birthday) might well be monitored as part of the corporate wellness program. Conversely, employees who don't participate might be perceived as hiding something."

The report added: "Companies could be subject to data breaches, given the content and magnitude of the data. Wearables have the potential to capture/store more personal data than any other device that we've ever owned, including details about employees' every move, habits, interests, and health information."

The PWC reported concluded that questions about wearable security and privacy have yet to be resolved. "As wearable technology becomes ubiquitous in the workplace, transparency and employee education will got a long way toward resolving these issues."

 

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