With the latest generation of high tech wearables being smartwatches, some may be rejoicing in how much functionality they seem to be gaining. With my Apple Watch, I can do so many things! But wait — what data is being collected when I do all the cool things it’s capable of? Is wearables Big Data secure? What if the FBI wants it? Below are a few of the tasks an Apple Watch can perform and the data that’s collected.
|Task||Data Used/Collected||Need for Privacy (me)|
|Make/receive a phone call||Phone numbers and time called||Yes|
|Send/receive a text message||Phone numbers, time of message, and content||Yes|
|Review calendar||Itinerary of all appointments||Yes|
|Chat (Skype and others)||Contacts and chat content||Yes|
|Track package from UPS||Destination of package and sender||Yes|
|Receive invitation to connect on LinkedIn||LinkedIn account info||No|
|Fitness goal achieved||How long I was standing, walking or exercising||No|
|Look at heart rate||Health statistics||No|
The fact is that, for the convenience that our digital lives and gadgets give us, we pay the high price of privacy. Based on this cursory analysis, destroying your old mobile phone when you get a new one could be the best thing you can do. How important for you is the privacy of your data, whether as mobile or wearables Big Data?