Google Glass has fueled one of the leading privacy-related controversies of recent times. And, it is ,without a doubt, one of the most sought-after gadgets of 2013. While this augmented reality device has the capacity to give its users a hands-free experience as they surf the net, take pictures or record videos, it has many technology experts, non-users, and lawyers in a tizzy. We’re letting you decide whether or not it’s ‘a must’ to pull down our skirts around this product, as we try to hide ourselves away from its invasive features.
Opinions Currently Flying Around
The concerns of privacy conscious citizens regarding Google Glass are not very welcoming. The comments below will give you a hint.
“It’s an audacious product for a company no one trusts to behave responsibly with our data: a pair of glasses that can monitor and record the world around you” — Milo Yiannopoulos, Tech journalist.
“Glass is not very different from other technologies available today, whether it is a smartphone or “spy” pens that secretly record audio.”– Ryan Calo, University of Washington Law Professor.
But Before You Pull a Verdict Consider the Following Facts.
– Google Glass is a consequence of a stream of technological developments that we are already used to, i.e. the smartphones, surveillance cameras, and Bluetooth.
– After a while, the hype surrounding it will dim down, especially if we don’t try to suppress it. Let’s face it, anything we try to prohibit, always becomes more desirable and misused.
– There are many questions that Google Glass has yet to answer both its future users, and the government. In a letter from 8 members of the U.S. Congress to Google’s Larry Page, some answers were demanding, including questions “Will Google Glass have the capacity to store any data on the device itself? If so, will Google Glass implement some sort of user authentication system to safeguard stored data? If not, why not?” Google has until the 14th of July to answer these. Let’s see what they have to say.
– Google’s insensitivity to privacy issues in 2010 still weighs down on people’s minds, as they are unwilling to forget that Google did collect personal information over unencrypted home wireless networks while collecting panoramic photographs for Google Maps.
– Some have already banned, or are considering banning Google Glass from specific places, such as movie theaters casinos, cafes, and roads. While putting these laws or bans in place is a good precaution for the sake of safety, it is truly up to the user whether or not they will be responsible while using Google Glass.
– While there is currently a lot of toe-bashing on its privacy-retaining skills, it can only improve under proper supervision.
– At the end of the day, it is still a great technological achievement.
Now, what’s your verdict about Google Glass? Please share with us.