Standards Council of Canada

Are we ready to be in intimate relationship with our wearable devices?

Please watch the following videos that examine our "new" intimate relationship with "cyberazzis" and our wearable devices. I would like to know what is your  opinion and how do you feel about how our privacy is being undermined, or is it, by data collectors? How much are you willing to share and how accessible you are willing to be?


Hope you enjoy the discussion



Re: Are we ready to be in intimate relationship with our...

qredekop's picture
Permalink Submitted by qredekop on Wed, 2014/11/26 - 10:39

I think an important point here is HOW is this information being used. For example, on the topic of watches (wearable technology) I can speak to two very different sides of the timepiece technology debate.

The watch that follows me through all of my work life and musical performance in my private life is a very old-fashioned watch in silver and gold with a clock face that keeps time with hands. I like it that it is not linked to the internet and that I can be somewhere and it will not give away my location to anyone. Not that I'm hiding anything but I like that it's personal to me and doesn't compromise my privacy.

Now I don't profess to have an iWatch (yet) but there are time when I use my cell phone to track my running progress (time, distance, elevation, etc.) If there is a cyberazzi out there that finds that information useful (which I somewhat doubt) and will use it to encourage others to become runners, I'm not opposed to that. If you can't beat them, join them, except if you're Sandra Bullock in "The Net".

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Permalink Submitted by Emily McIntyre on Wed, 2014/11/26 - 12:40

The Theresa Payton video was very timely for me, as I was just recently searching online for Christmas present ideas and started coming across ads for the items I had been looking at on other websites. This indicated to me that my browsing habits were being monitored and recorded. While the recording of this information does not bother me if it is recorded anonymously, I do feel uncomfortable with the information being attributed directly to me. 

I think it is important for companies to note that, as a consumer, I sign up for a Shoppers Optimum Card or a PC Plus card because I trust the company I am doing business with. When a company sells information about my buying behaviours, it undermines my trust in the company and makes me second guess my decision to sign up for items such as points cards. Companies should be aware that their decision to re-package and sell data that is attributable to their customers may undermine their client base in the future and make their brand less reputable (especially if this information is breached).

For me, this is what happened with Facebook – I once had an account but deleted it after learning that Facebook could use my photos. It still bothers me that people I know may post photos of me without my knowledge (and without my being able to really do anything about it). Payton notes that it is important for consumers to “opt out” or let cyberazzis know when they have crossed a privacy line; I think it is significant that Payton only provided one concrete way for consumers to do just that (separate e-mail addresses) and makes me wonder how feasible protecting your privacy from cyberazzis and data collectors really is. 

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Permalink Submitted by Claude Potvin on Wed, 2014/11/26 - 16:06

You can just see insurance company buying this date so that it may be used in their formulas when calculating your premiums. Imagine collecting data on your eating habits (using credit cards to pay for your fast food purchases) and physical activities (how active are you on average throughout the day). Based on this information alone, one might fall into an unhealthy category which might raise your health care premiums or be uninsurable.

As for other wearable tech i.e.: Google glasses, can you say Borg…resistance is futile. LOL Having such tech so close to your ocular area what might be the long term effect. I wonder if wearable tech firms also have stock in the health care industry.

One needs to also remember….how long did it take us to realize the danger of having our laptop on our lap for any extended period of time or having your cell phone in constant proximity of our body and the health risk some have experienced.

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