Posted by: macintoshsisters | December 1, 2006

Workout :: Nike+iPod Sport Kit raises privacy concerns

This holiday season, gift-givers may unwittingly give their favorite athlete a workout accessory that can double as a tracking device. Computer scientists at the University of Washington show potential breaches of privacy related to the Nike+iPod Sport Kit.

This holiday season, gift-givers may unwittingly give their favorite athlete a workout accessory that can double as a tracking device. Researchers in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington say there are serious privacy breaches posed by the gadget, which is marketed to runners but may be equally attractive to stalkers and thieves.

“It is easy for someone to use the Nike+iPod as a tracking device,” says Scott Saponas, a doctoral student in computer science and lead author of a technical report posted online at http://www.cs.washington.edu/research/systems/privacy.html on Nov. 30. “It’s an example of how new gadgetry can erode our personal privacy.”

The researchers suggest that people who own a Nike+iPod Sport Kit turn it off when they’re not exercising so that it stops emitting signals.

full article at SpiritIndia

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