Snapchat Spec­ta­cles - A Threat at Work­place?

The HR Digest - - HR Drift -

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.

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