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May 8, 2013

Technology is Rapidly Changing – Can Your Business Keep Up?

Filed under: Privacy — Tags: 7:47 am

I have been reading about Google’s new mobile device, Glass.  Glass can attach to a pair of eyeglasses and the results are interesting, yet somewhat frightening!  The hands-free capabilities of Glass may be activated by either voice commands or moving the head up.  It will take pictures, text, browse websites, view maps, record activities the wearer experiences and can transmit them live!  One has to admit that it is a very creative and potentially powerful tool.  The next admission may give you pause – - your employees may one day embrace Glass!

The implications of Glass in the workplace can call into question the ability to keep proprietary information confidential.  Suppose an employee wears this device all day on their prescription glasses.  You never know whether the employee is discretely recording what you are saying in a company financial outlook meeting, a disciplinary meeting, or a project planning meeting.  Their coworkers likely will not be as open and forthcoming with their thoughts if they think there is a remote possibility they are being recorded.  It could bridle collaboration and creativity, as well as threaten one of your most critical assets, your competitive edge.

While Glass is still in the prototype phase, it is expected to be available to the public in 2014.  As with all new technology, employers will need to weigh the pros and cons of allowing such a device in the workplace.  A careful review of company policies regulating personal mobile devices will become a high priority to continue safeguarding confidential company information.

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