Wearable Technology Creates Privacy Issues

A leading law firm has warned wearable technology is creating privacy fears for employers.

The intrusive natures of wearable technologies are causing concern among many employers, as they slowly but surely make their way into the office.

Sue McLean Lawyer at Morrison and Foerster said: "There are huge privacy and ethical implications around wearable technology."

According to research from Gartner, the market for wearable technology is set to grow from $1.6 billion to $5 billion.

As technologies such as Google Glass and Smart Watches are being used more and more in the workplace, employers will need to put policies in place governing how staff use the technology.

McLean added: "Companies have to be very clear on how and why employees use wearable technology, make sure they are clear what the rules are, and that they have taken adequate precautions to comply with privacy regulations and the law."

According to McLean, research shows that employees using wearable technology are more productive if they know they are being monitored. However, such technologies raise privacy and data concerns that will need to be addressed by employers and trade unions.

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