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The price of wearable craze: Personal health data hacks

Technology pioneer isn’t a role people associate with former vice president Dick Cheney, but technology security experts today give his medical advisory team props for a move made back in 2007 — disabling the wireless capability on Cheney’s pacemaker. The act was, of course, a cautionary effort against any entity that might have tried to hack it to cause Cheney harm.

This is old news — Cheney revealed the story in 2013 during an interview on 60 Minutes — but in a year when the world’s largest technology, medical device and health-care firms are betting big and fast on wearable technology’s role in delivering patients a more precise and cost-effective way to manage their health, experts are worried that the pace of updating data-privacy laws and building infrastructures with optimal levels of security doesn’t match the speed of the market’s technological rollout.