Snapchat Spectacles - A Threat at Workplace?
Last month, Snapchat (which recently changed its name to Snap, Inc.) announced the release of Snapchat Spectacles – colored sunglasses with a built-in camera that records videos. The videos can be stored in the sunglasses or uploaded into the user’s smartphone for social sharing. The video-camera boasts a 115-degree field of view, designed to capture how humans see. With employees filming a co-workers birthday celebration, or just goofing around in the office, there’s a chance that they may end up inadvertently capturing confidential information on a user’s screen or files on someone’s desk. This calls for robust security measures because the videos can be uploaded and shared irretrievably over the internet.
Currently, the biggest challenge companies are trying to overcome is establishing robust privacy protocols in the workplace. An even bigger threat is the security of sensitive data, which companies share with their employees. In the growing wake of implementing data against cyber-attack from hackers, companies are providing training to employees on handling and storage of sensitive data. This includes training on how to avoid phishing scams, which can trick unsuspecting workers into giving away security codes or other sensitive information.
Even with collective security measures, the threat of exposure of sensitive information that would occur from employees or authorized guests using Snapchat Spectacles at work is badgering. Products like Spectacles will soon become ubiquitous and employees will need to be vigilant about updating their security policies.