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  • Graham Henrickson

BEWARE OF YOUR SMART WATCH!

Updated: Nov 10


When the current Chairman of the ACCC (the AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION) spoke to the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday 21st October this year he was asked if he owned or wore a Smart Watch.


Rod Sims was there to talk about 'Tackling market power in the Covid-19 era and beyond'. Amongst many things, he spoke of his concerns surrounding digital media and the collection, use and sale of personal data. When asked if he owned or wore a ‘Smart Watch’, he paused then held up a traditional gent’s analogue watch with a leather strap and answered, “No I don’t!”.


With concern about data collection and privacy increasing and more of us wearing Smart Watches have any of us stopped to think about the information your watch is gathering and where it's going? While I'm conscious of the data being collected by my many devices I've not even thought about my iWatch.


Perhaps this is something the sales and marketing experts working for traditional watchmakers should put some thought into as they are the ones suffering from the sales of 'smart watches'. As for me - I think I'll put mine back in the draw for a while and go back to wearing a watch that simply tells time and avoid kissing my privacy goodbye.

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