No Privacy Rules for Wearable Tech

Google Glass

Google Glass

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about all of the wearable tech that’s coming down the pike: Samsung Galaxy Gear fits snugly around your wrist and will send texts and make phone calls for you. Google Glass, even if it’s a bit aesthetically goofy (see above), will allow you to take pictures and record videos using a screen positioned over one of your eyes.

But a new article from The Washington Post underscores many reasons that people concerned with their personal privacy should exercise caution before purchasing one of these wearable tech devices. As it turns out, the market for wearable tech is growing fast, and regulators are having a hard time keeping up. There’s certainly something to be said for the ability to monitor your heart-rate, or your baby’s temperature, with an internet-capable device, but without a sound regulatory system in place, the information that your wearable tech collects makes tracking unsuspecting consumers that much easier.

Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration recently developed some guidelines on wearable tech that somehow failed to mention privacy at all. As Robert Gellman, a Washington-based privacy and information policy consultant, told The Washington Post, “This shows lots of things fall between the cracks.”

We here at FlashRouters are obviously not Luddites: we believe that major technological advancements and personal privacy can comfortably coexist; it’s the basis of a lot of the services we provide. We also know it’s easy to get so excited about the latest new thing that issues like privacy and personal security suddenly seem like secondary concerns. There’s a lot to recommend about these wearable tech devices; we’re just recommending that you consider the consequences before you make your decision.

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