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Wearable tech will be subject to UK data protection law

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In an ICO blogpost, senior technology officer Andrew Paterson explained that if you are using wearable technology for your own use then you are unlikely to be breaching the Act. 

“This is because the Act includes an exemption for the collection of personal information for domestic purposes,” he says. “But if you were to one day decide that you’d like to start using this information for other purposes outside of your personal use, for example to support a local campaign or to start a business, then this exemption would no longer apply.”

But this is not the case for organisations. If they were to process personal information, it will almost always be covered the Act. “This means that they must process the information collected by these devices in compliance with the legislation,” said Paterson. 

“This includes making sure that people are being informed about how their details are being collected and used, only collecting information that is relevant, adequate and not excessive and ensuring that any information that needs to be collected is kept securely and deleted once it is no longer required.”

Wearable tech that captures video and images will also have to comply with the ICO’s code of practice on CCTV, which is currently being updated.

The watchdog has already asked Google to supply them with details about how Google Glass users will be able to use gathered data. Furthermore, Google Glasses have already been banned in numerous US pubs.

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