Losing smartphones does not make your sensitive information vulnerable to theft, thanks to advanced technologies like biometric-based locking system. However, wearables do not ensure this similar level of protection when you lose it or do not have access to it. Your smartwatch can be used by anyone, putting your privacy at a risk.
Google recently filed a patent application, which aims to fix the privacy issue, for its future smartwatches. Google’s device will recognize whether or not the user is currently wearing the device, and based on that it will show information. Needless to say, it will show private information such as messages, calls only to the user, anyone else except the user will get access to information such as weather, time, etc.
The source of private information can be a mobile phone, tablet, laptop computer, desktop computer, server, and even a hard drive.
An electronic device such as a mobile phone, tablet, laptop computer, desktop computer, server, hard drive, or the like may provide the private data element to the wearable electronic device. The electronic device may thus determine whether a data element is a private data element or a public data element. Alternatively, the wearable computing device may determine whether a data element is a private data element or a public data element.