Wearables At Work: Hello Big Brother? - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices
Commentary
3/3/2014
12:30 PM
Shane O'Neill
Shane O'Neill
Commentary
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail

Wearables At Work: Hello Big Brother?

Employers must tread carefully with activity trackers and devices like Google Glass. Wearables could take real-time personal data collection to unnerving new heights.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Li Tan
50%
50%
Li Tan,
User Rank: Ninja
3/5/2014 | 7:58:19 AM
Re: Job Security for Plaintiff's Counsel
When the wearable becomes more and more popular and affordable, for sure the employer will have new regulations in place to prevent/restrict taking wearables. It's a new form of spying and may cause uncontrolled information leakage.
asksqn
50%
50%
asksqn,
User Rank: Ninja
3/4/2014 | 8:03:09 PM
Job Security for Plaintiff's Counsel
Given the heavy handed/ intrusive tactics of most corporate emp!oyers, I look forward to the barrage of litigation brought against them for privacy and Fourth Amendment violations.
Brian.Dean
IW Pick
100%
0%
Brian.Dean,
User Rank: Ninja
3/3/2014 | 7:01:07 PM
Re: Counting steps
Data is wonderful but sometimes assumptions can be wrong. If a company wants to monitor its employees then these assumptions should be disclosed so that the employee knows which activities are considered positive or negative. However, this too creates a problem in that it becomes a form of gamification, employees might begin to chase positive assumptions rather than trying to increase their actual output by quality or quantity. 
Laurianne
50%
50%
Laurianne,
User Rank: Author
3/3/2014 | 4:13:43 PM
Counting steps
The trouble with statistics in isolation is they don't tell a useful story. Someone may be walking around talking to colleagues -- but is he or she acting on the conversations and improving business outcomes? Someone may be walking a lot while wearing a FitBit -- but is he or she also eating a bag of Doritos afterward?
ChrisMurphy
50%
50%
ChrisMurphy,
User Rank: Author
3/3/2014 | 3:50:57 PM
Health data
Another positive note: Activity and nutrition data can be integrated with your health insurance company or corporate wellness program to help you understand your own health.

I suspect a lot of people would be wary of this.  

 
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
IT Success = Storage & Data Center Performance
Balancing legacy infrastructure with emerging technologies requires laying a solid foundation that delivers flexibility, scalability, and efficiency. Learn what the most pressing issues are, how to incorporate advances like software-defined storage, and strategies for streamlining the data center.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll