Privacy Dangers of Wearables and the Internet of Things

Privacy Dangers of Wearables and the Internet of Things

Scott Amyx (Amyx McKinsey, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1016-1.ch006
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This chapter identifies concerns about, and the managerial implications of, data privacy issues related to wearables and the IoT; it also offers some enterprise solutions to the complex concerns arising from the aggregation of the massive amounts of data derived from wearables and IoT devices. Consumer and employee privacy concerns are elucidated, as are the problems facing managers as data management and security become an important part of business operations. The author provides insight into how companies are currently managing data as well as some issues related to data security and privacy. A number of suggestions for improving the approach to data protection and addressing concerns about privacy are included. This chapter also examines trending issues in the areas of data protection and the IoT, and contains thought-provoking discussion questions pertaining to business, wearables/IoT data, and privacy issues.
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The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), sometimes referred to as the Internet of Everything (IoE), and wearables has had a tremendous impact on consumer and enterprise concerns about privacy. The IoT consists of any object that can be connected to a network, and wearables are clothing, jewelry, or accessories that can collect and transmit data about the wearer. The IoT is driven by M2M (machine to machine) telemetry, and although some consider these two terms to be interchangeable, there are important differences (see Polsonetti, 2015). In this work, the term IoT will be used to refer to objects, in or upon which sensors can be placed, and which allows them to connect to a network.

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