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He Samsung Gear S, Samsung's new smartwatch, unveiled a few days ago, is dazzling:
A serious competitor for devices like the iPhone, or Google Glass?
Aside from being dazzling, it can also be creepy. Its potential camouflage for recording, storing and disseminating information is more effective than a Google Glass or a smartphone. There's a new privacy issue: smartwatches push the boundaries of invasiveness combined with anonymity or invisibility.
The excitement produced by all these new devices has been joined by skepticism, even anger.
In some areas and almost before birth they have been marked at Google glass labeled "prohibited" by those who protect your right to consent to be reviewed and recorded (and published). Some Silicon Valley people and establishments are so uncomfortable with Google Glass that they have created devices to block their Wi-Fi when they are around.
As privacy invasive as Google Glass can be a Smart watch. Even much more insidious, as it has the same power as Google Glass. This is; control the space around me and choose what data I capture and distribute or broadcast on my social networks, but in a much less visible way.
The use of Google Glass is still unnatural and easily identifiable. Wearing a watch is not. Since the devices are camouflaged in our clothes and with ourselves. Therefore, the privacy implications that its capabilities carry with them become more complex when it comes to controlling them.
So we must prepare for stories about diners who don't like their service in a restaurant and someone surreptitiously records interactions with waiters through a relor and then publishes it and Facebook. Not to mention corporate spies who must be salivating over these things.
But Google Glass or smart watches do nothing that was not done before with a mobile phone. The moral and legal limits Device use should also apply to phones (which are also becoming “invisible” to us), just as any other device that allows non-consensual data collection.
The thing is, smartwatches push the limits of invasiveness combined with anonymity or invisibility.
Technological progress cannot be stopped. is a catchphrase that applies to drones, cloning, or firearms.
If so, you have to prepare: become aware that you have no privacy. In the end, the following could prevail: "If you have nothing to hide, why do you care?" This is one of the most common, and most bland, anti-privacy arguments, because it is based on a wrong notion of what privacy is.
Smart watches are coming. They are beautiful. They can quickly outperform Google Glass in their deployment. If you hate Google Glas, you should reserve some of your efforts in devising innovative measures to preserve your privacy for a technology as powerful as they, but much less visible.