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Apple Watch raises privacy concerns before it even launches

Published Sep 15th, 2014 5:05PM EDT
Apple Watch Privacy Concerns

We still have plenty of questions about Apple’s recently announced smartwatch, but following the leak of dozens of private celebrity photos from the iCloud, privacy is a primary concern. Connecticutt Attorney General George Jepsen has published a letter on the State of Connecticut’s government website in which he requests a meeting with representatives from Apple to discuss how information will be stored and protected on the Apple Watch.

“When new technologies emerge in consumer markets they inevitably lead to new questions, including questions about privacy,” Attorney General Jepsen said. “I have found that asking those questions and engaging in a proactive dialogue about privacy concerns before a product comes to market is an effective and mutually beneficial way to ensure that consumer privacy is protected.”

Jepsen is “encouraged” by what he has seen so far, but wants to hear more directly from Apple before the product launches next year. His main concerns revolve around Apple’s ability to safeguard private information and how Apple plans to use the health data the Apple Watch will be gathering.

This is the second time Jepson has requested to meet with one of the leading companies in the tech world. Last year, he met with Google to discuss Google Glass before it started shipping to consumers. In light of all the recent mishaps surrounding leaked information, it’s great to see someone tackling the issue head on from an educational stance rather than a combative one.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.