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Fitbit VP says third party hardware and software will protect the Internet of Things

Fitness chief believes companies will protect us
Wed Mar 19 2014, 17:19

FITNESS TRACKER OUTFIT Fitbit's VP Gareth Jones has told The INQUIRER that he believes third party hardware and software will protect the Internet of Things.

In an interview at London's Wearable Technology Show, Jones told us, "I strongly believe that people will be able to transmit data and have their data stored through third party products, because there is a demand out there for that, and I'm a great believer in the consumer market.

"I believe the consumer market will throw up companies that offer that degree of security and peace of mind."

However, that does not mean that his own products will be left wanting. "It is becoming a growing issue and one in which we will seek to exceed minimum legal standards and aim for maximum standards." he said. "We conform 100 percent to safe harbour and work not only to conform to that but exceed it."

When asked for his answer to our proposition in The INQUIRER debate, "The Internet of Things will kill privacy", he told us, "The degree with which privacy will be destroyed will be in direct correlation to how much people are concerned about it because there will emerge products to protect that privacy."

"I think there are enough safeguards in place to prevent that privacy being damaged unless people were completely unscrupulous," he added.

Mr Jones spoke at the conference about how Fitbit was created and what factors a start-up in the wearables market needs to consider, having entered the Quantified Self market in 2008.

The INQUIRER is running a debate this week on the rise of the Internet of Things that is powering wearable technology development. We'd like to hear your views on whether the Internet of Things will kill privacy, or whether user data collected by smart devices will be adequately protected. You can vote for or against these propositions here. µ


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