Does Google Glass Invade Your Privacy?

Urgebot asked:

Lately some people have been signing the petition for Google Glass to be banned in the US because you can’t tell specifically when someone is taking a video or picture of you. Is this different from vlogging with a GoPro or any other modern camera? And do you think it’s bad enough to be banned?

A lot of people feel that Google Glass invades their privacy. Many feel, though, that there is no real expectation of privacy in public or online these days. Social media has invaded our lives so much – along with mobile devices equipped with cameras – that we simply can’t sit here and believe that once we’re outside of our home (or even still INside, at times) we will never be captured in photos or videos.

It happens every day. Even without Google Glass, there are likely photos and/or videos of you on Facebook or Twitter that you really wish were not there. Did your friend think it was hilarious that you overslept and wore pajamas to class? Did she throw that photo on Facebook for everyone to see? What about the time you tripped on something and landed in a compromising-looking position? I bet people laughed over that photo, as well.

There are thousands of videos out there of what should have been very private moments, captured and uploaded via cellphone. How is Google Glass any different?

I may not be a GlassHole myself, but that doesn’t mean I support banning the technology. Heck, if we do that for the reasons you outline, we’d have to ban cameras in phone and tablets, as well.

What do all of YOU think?

Does Google Glass Invade Your Privacy?

2 thoughts on “Does Google Glass Invade Your Privacy?”

  1. I think that if I wanted to record or take pictures of someone without their knowledge that I can without even trying that hard think of a dozen better ways of doing so that doesn’t involving wearing something that’s very obviously a camera on my face. People are idiots and the fear what they don’t understand even when the information about the thing is readily available.

    By way of a for instance, even though I’ve only briefly played around with Glass once, I’m perfectly aware that if the unit is active then the prism above the person’s eye lights up, which is easy to spot. Compare that to my phone or tablet which has no forward-facing indication whatsoever that its camera is active. Where’s all the people trying to ban phones and tablets with cameras?

    Yeah, people are idiots.

  2. There are already sunglasses with small cameras built in (I think one brand is called Pivot head)…I don’t think Glass is any different than that.

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