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While speaking at a corporate strategy event, the following question was posed by executive management and HR. How comfortable are you with the likelihood that you will be required to wear a wearable computer (RF connected microelectronics in your clothing) as part of your work?
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I think I would be OK with it, as long as there are no known negative health effects
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That's a forward-looking question! I think if the rationale was explained and the data it was collecting was relevant for work then I don't have an issue with it.
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Kevin, If we as society get there in the future, I think I will be OK wearing a computer. I would like to know what "as part of your work" mean? is it only during a meeting? Is it 9-5? Is it 24 hours a day? And for a little humor, let us add this - "Does it help me lose weight?"
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Jun 26, 2016 6:43 PM
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It will be both for personal use and professional use. Track our activity for health and fitness reasons and track our location and time on location for business reasons and that is a very small sample of the 24/7/365 wearable technology application arena that is unfolding.
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Jun 26, 2016 6:24 PM
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Kevin, If we as society get there in the future, I think I will be OK wearing a computer. I would like to know what "as part of your work" mean? is it only during a meeting? Is it 9-5? Is it 24 hours a day? And for a little humor, let us add this - "Does it help me lose weight?"
It will be both for personal use and professional use. Track our activity for health and fitness reasons and track our location and time on location for business reasons and that is a very small sample of the 24/7/365 wearable technology application arena that is unfolding.
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That depends what the data will be collected for. I don't think health and fitness data access is necessary for my employer (more for my insurance) - location at premises might be necessary for my employer depending on security classification.
So I might not be very comfortable if I don't agree or don't know what data the company collects. I'm not a friend of "collect data first - check later if it's used properly" but more "only collect data you need to analyze - and restrict access to that data".
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Add: Health data when working in a dangerous area like bio chemicals or nuclear plants nevertheless might be neccessary or at least very helpful for a company to find issues before problems arise. But that are very sensitive data and I'm not convinced that every company will use it in a good way. Too many examples prove that profit sometimes hinders them.
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I fully agree with Rolf Dieter, for specific work areas it might be ok.
But not 24/7/365. This means to me that I will lose all privacy, not only to my employer or any insurance company as mentioned before.
There are a lot of others interested in my data: advertising companies, all kind of vendors, intelligence organizations (?) and so forth. And I don't want to ease their work voluntarily.

Maybe, sometimes I only want that my wife doesn't know where I am ;-).

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