Wearable computing: IP54-77/2014E-PDF

challenges and opportunities for privacy protection /

The purpose of the research report is to provide the OPC with a better understanding of the privacy implications of wearable computing technologies as a foundation for the OPC’s advice to Parliament, policy position development and future compliance activities. Rapid technological innovation, consumer demand and dropping costs are fueling the development and adoption of a new generation of wearable devices. These devices, worn on the user’s body and sometimes tethered to the individual’s smart phone, can amplify the tracking and profiling risks that are characteristic of the current mobile ecosystem. The report provides an overview of wearable computing and some of its privacy implications. Following a discussion of the application of federal privacy laws in this environment, the report sets out some wearable computing design considerations to enhance built-in privacy protections and concludes with some potential next steps.

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Department/Agency Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Title Wearable computing
Subtitle challenges and opportunities for privacy protection /
Publication Type Monograph
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
Format Electronic
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Note Issued also in French under title: Les accessoires intelligents, défis et possibilités pour la protection de la vie privée.
Date [2014]
Number of Pages 19 p.
Catalogue Number
  • IP54-77/2014E-PDF
Subject Terms Computers, Privacy