In Pictures: 7 hidden dangers of wearable computers

Wearable computers like smart clothes and smart watches offer a myriad of benefits, but also raise security concerns. Here are 7 worries associated with wearable devices.

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Fitness bands/activity monitors Fitness bands like the Basis B1 Band, Fitbit, Jawbone UP and Nike+ let users set and work towards fitness goals by tracking daily activitiy levels, how many calories they burn and how long they sleep. Someday, insurance and healthcare companies could use the data to tie insurance premiums to an individual’s lifestyle factors.

Federal officials have reportedly expressed concern over how such personal data will be secured and used even as some companies have begun encouraging employees to wear fitness bands, promising lower insurance rates. Some data already collected has been used in clinical research studies involving diseases such as diabetes, COPD and obesity.

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