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Wearable devices are now at the heart of just about every discussion related to the Internet of Things (IoT), and the full range of new capabilities pervasive connectivity can bring.

Underlying this pervasive connectivity is Security & Privacy of these devices and data.

In 2015, more than 25% of people surveyed said that lack of trust is the number one reason they decided against using software or apps.

Industry has to understand and evaluate carefully the implications and impact of their products. There are risks  in areas of:

The type of data collected and/or

Connectivity to other sensors.

Some of the first functions that wearable devices are already delivering are related to identification and security.

A wearable bracelet provides a more reliable indication of location, Health- and fitness-oriented wearable devices that offer biometric measurements such as heart rate, perspiration levels, and even complex measurements like oxygen levels in the bloodstream are also becoming available. Technology advancements may even allow alcohol levels or other similar measurements to be made via a wearable device.

Wearable devices could be allowed to automatically connect to devices around the home.

An important point to reiterate for both consumers and companies is : Devices have to offer more than “Good enough” security.  Consumers should not have trade Security & Privacy for benefits of data enabled devices.