Google Glass isn't the privacy-killer the media wants it to be
0. phoneArena 05 Mar 2013, 11:12 posted on
You’ve likely seen the article run a number of times already, and they will just become more and more frequent as Google Glass gets closer and closer to release. The title of the article is always something designed to scare you, because “Google Glass is going to destroy privacy!” Well look, we’re not as reactionary and easily scared as some others, and we think that the target of the trouble is not Google Glass at all. It’s just a simple fear of the unknown; a fear of the new...
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1. p5yb0rg (unregistered)
Google glass would be the end of privacy as we know it. This would make it way too easy to be tracked and monitored by Google and the US Government. I'll pass.
3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Easier to be tracked than with the phone in your pocket?
10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4627; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Thanks for article, Michael H.
I think that you write best articles in PhoneArena.com and my question is why you are more in articles than in smartphone reviews? I and I think that majority other PhoneArena.com visitors would like to see more smartphone reviews from you, because current trend says that majority PhoneArena.com visitors anymore don't trust and don't take seriously reviews written by Ray S.
11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4627; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I don't say that I like everything what you wrote (because everyone can have own subjective opinion), but I respect one thing, when I read your articles I see that you put more effort in articles than some other PhoneArena.com writers. Anyway I don't want to offend other PhoneArena.com writers, I just say that I think that Michael H. puts more effort in articles. And that's why I ask about why you don't make smartphone reviews. :)
20. p5yb0rg (unregistered)
Cell phones are very easy to track due to their gps and location based features. Google Glass however, will open many avenues and provide additional ways of tracking peoples interests, patterns, likes/dislikes, etc. Now, having the ability to tap into what we're watching/looking at during any given time, gives them full access to our lives.
It's so unfortunate for those who aren't aware that Google does monitor our searches and uses our results to personalize ads and what we intake.
Kudos to the uneducated.
21. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Any Google service that monitors you can be opted out of. GPS can be turned off. Google Goggles (which would be the only way to track what's in your photos) is an opt-in service. If you don't want Google monitoring your searches, use DuckDuckGo.
Kudos to spreading fear rather than knowledge.
22. p5yb0rg (unregistered)
My motive isn't to spread fear, but to pull back the curtains of those who aren't seeing the light or truth. Google's success is primarily based on their ads, which are focused around our search history/patterns. Do you honestly think randomly placed ads equate to success?
Do your homework bro.
29. joey_sfb (Posts: 1977; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
And you are the google glasses expert without using one.... Gee!!!
I would reserve my comment till i actually own one.
30. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
Do YOUR homework, sis..
You CAN opt out!!!
wtf is wrong with people, they don't effing now something and then just effing spread some effing bull..
Yes, Google tracks you, but that's when you don't want to opt out.. I don't see any ads in my inbox because I opt out.. As simple as that.. smh..
31. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4627; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Internet provider also can track you, maybe you should disconnect?
33. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Pulling back the curtain means telling both sides of the story. Everyone knows that Google's revenue is almost all based on ads, and those ads get more valuable with more info on us.
But, we get benefit from Google having more info on us too. We get better search results, we get better services, and we get better products.
And, as I said, you can opt out of all of this if you want to. But, your ISP tracks every website you visit without your consent, and there's no opt out there.
38. jroc74 (Posts: 4055; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
How in the world does he think the MPAA and RIAA get info about ppl that download possible illegal material?
And if he is so paranoid...he must want Siri and Google Now to be half baked shells of what they are now. GPS apps are alot better when more of your info is known.
35. jroc74 (Posts: 4055; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Hotmail and outlook.com has search history/pattern ads.
Hotmail and outlook.com can be accessed on phones.
I await for your opinion about MS.
6. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 813; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Yes Google was founded by the government after they were commanded by Illuminati to find out everything you do because you won't add them on facebook where you publicly and willingly post everything about your daily life..
OR bear with me on this one.. it could be because Google likes pushing the limits of technology because its PROFITABLE.. (cue ominous music)
8. technut (Posts: 52; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
You do realize your being tracked right now right???
26. p5yb0rg (unregistered)
Do you realize you're not using correct grammar?
32. roscuthiii (Posts: 1720; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Do you realize your user name is comprised of leet? I mean really, leet?! So 1980's.
Oh, now I get your Google paranoia. You think it's 1984.
16. Aeires (unregistered)
There's a deep, dark cave waiting for you and your paranoia.
39. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
Right "p5yb0rp". I'm sure Google out to get us all. Just like Skynet, I'm going to watch The Terminator right now to prepare. I'll be sure to not use the Play store though...wouldn't want them getting suspicious, ey.
5. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
There are two "she"..........Who you talking about?
Both are gorgeous though....
And about google glass...I am excited as hell.....
Just waiting to get my hand on one....
17. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
vjo003. she looks good only because of google glass. once she takes it off...
9. ddmcd (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
"Some people are complaining that Google Glass won’t be a useful product, but that’s also not an interesting argument to us, because if you haven’t used a product, you can’t judge it."
I laughed out loud at the above comment given that Google's dribbling out of info about Glass is intended to get people talking about it.
12. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)
here here Michael H. all very valid points of conversations from the overly paranoid, uneducated, ignorant backwoods individuals!!!
on a side note... no one will raise these issues or concerns once or if the "iWatch" ever comes to fruition. although more then likely they will share a few commonalities.
13. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
Google Glass conjures up the comedic fears from the Futurama episode about the 'EyePhone'. Hopefully we won't all become an army of zombies under the direction of Mom. lol
18. ultimatebatman (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
No one would argue against Glass if it was an Apple product. It would be considered the ultimate gift from Steve Job's undying spirit, or whatever cult-like praise Apple fans can conjure
47. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I'm quite sure that there would be plenty of hate for an Apple version of Glass. Especially from our readership.
19. mrblah (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
you will look like a tool, just like with a bluetooth
23. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
Yeah but who cares, it's useful, If I start caring about how something looks over it's functionality please kill me, I wouldn't deserve to live in this world anymore
37. jroc74 (Posts: 4055; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I have to disagree. Blue tooth...you dont look like a tool. Blue tooth is very useful, no matter what you think.
There are Blue tooth stereo head sets. How would one even know it was Blue tooth unless they were examining ppl's heads?
Blue tooth just looks like you are talking to yourself...lol. Women with long hair or ppl with hats on.
48. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Bluetooth made you look like an idiot 10 years ago, when no one knew what it was. These days, no one cares at all.
24. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
Yes I know Google monitors my searches and I thank them for that, because of it we have technology like Google Now, which is the most useful thing I have ever used, and It's not like I'm a terrorist, I don't have anything to hide
25. pongkie (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
Google and privacy doesn't really mix well together. Google will do anything to gather info for those adds
44. networkdood (Posts: 5583; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Ok, and you can opt out of ads...I block all ads on chrome for mobile and PC. BTW, it is 'ads', not adds.
50. pongkie (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
however how you want to spin it that is how Google works. I understand you like Google but why block their "ads"? you are depriving them ad revenue.
27. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
where's the news about Google being a humanitarian? Oh yeah... its as corrupt as apple and M$.
28. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
Please explain what you mean by corrupt sire, cause my interpretation is most surely different from yours or you are completely wrong
34. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)
If by "corrupt" you mean "a business that aims to boost revenue", then sure Google is just as "corrupt" as Apple and Microsoft. But, if you mean corrupt in the dictionary sense, I don't think you have as strong a case.
36. jroc74 (Posts: 4055; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Another great article. I appreciate the fear part of Google Glass being addressed. I had no idea ppl were saying these things...lol.
40. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
@MichaelHeller why bother responding if youre not going to answer my statement. Also, how could you not be a little angry at a gargantuan company that claims to be a saint compared to the other two, but doesn't do a thing about the troubles in the world that uses its technology to make life supposedly more simple. Hell, Google doesn't even bother making android update paths mandatory for manufactures that keep releasing crap thus making consumers lose trust in android. Want to know why that is? because Google doesn't care and its always making money. If that's not the case because carriers are often to blame, then why does the software founder and controller put its stingy foot down. Stop being such a fanboy, everyone knows that all big companies are evil.
41. the_v1s1onary (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
Ok your statements are so off-base that I needed to register just to reply to you.
1. How is Google being evil? You claim they don't produce technology to make life easier for those who use their services? What? That's why they need your data! Because they need to know what you want so they can show you the money! Also, self-driving cars! Ever heard of them? Hell, Glasses themselves are making life easier to manage. After I buy them, I will not have to carry a camera 99% of the time because I will not need it! That's the very definition of easier.
2. Android is open-source. Therefore. Google cannot force anyone to do anything. They can leverage their own app store and services against their partners sure! But that's business suicide because what's to stop them from continuing as usual with Amazon's apps or finding new reasons to make their own software or even jumping ship to Windows Phone 8, because it sure does seem like Microsoft is paying everyone and their mom to make phones and apps for them. You point is moot anyways because if you want updates, go buy a little brand called Nexus made by, guess who?! Google! Surprise!
3. Google is always looking to make money? You obviously know some magic way of making money with an advertising business without advertising. That is kinda hard in my opinion especially when you have R&D cooking up new tech like self-driving cars, new servers, new mobile designs, Google Glasses, and whatever else you are going to have to fund. Hell, Google is selling devices at a loss. And to do what? To show the other manufacturers and consumers how Android should be. To make your life easier so you do not have to deal with all the crap that you mentioned about Android.
4. We all know the people at Google are not saints, but they are the dang closest you will probably get besides non-profits. Honestly, people call them devils for reading your data that you opted in for when you chose to use their services. What's more is people say this when they offer you a method of opting out of all or individual services. People call them thieves for hiding it in their ToS. Ever read their ToS? It is dead simple. They tell you straight up that they do not read your data with human eyes nor sell your data. Seriously, how about you take off your tin-foil hat and we will talk like adults.
42. jroc74 (Posts: 4055; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
"Also, how could you not be a little angry at a gargantuan company that claims to be a saint compared to the other two, but doesn't do a thing about the troubles in the world that uses its technology to make life supposedly more simple."
I'm not saying they are saints....but they do think about the world around them. I knew about 3 of these stories, just learned about the others today.
43. jroc74 (Posts: 4055; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Lets remember that while Apple and Microsoft has slung mad at competitors in ads...Google never has. If they have.....I havent seen it.
Its either a carrier or an OEM that does, but never Google. iDont commercial? Verizon ad. Maybe Motorola had a hand in it, dont really know.
49. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Big companies are not by definition evil. Google has done a ton of good for emerging markets by bringing better ways to communicate, trade, transfer money, etc to places like Africa and South America.http://www.google.com/africa/
Google doesn't claim to be a saint, but where are your arguments of Google actually being "as corrupt" as the other companies? Android update paths have absolutely nothing to do with corruption, that's just an annoyance.
As I said in my original reply, using the word "corrupt" simply doesn't work. Google is a business, so obviously it cares about making money. That's not corruption, that's the nature of business.
45. networkdood (Posts: 5583; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I laugh when I read comments or articles that claim Google cannot be trusted. So, Apple and Microsoft are more trustworthy? LMAO.
46. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
new age of cyborgs coming soon
hmm and when the batteries run out which they will eventually what then we are lost in the world
51. RohanM (Posts: 110; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
i like the model who is wearing the glasses....... kinda cute.... :)
52. fapfapy (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
This article is STUPID as the arguments it berates. Until the product is released, you can only speculate whether the glasses will or will not be a privacy killer, and yet doofey face states that it isn't??1//1 Wha?
53. magnum44 (Posts: 22; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
GG becomes a vulgar attention seeking tool when worn all the time in public places ... for the most part its supposed function is so unnecessary and rather redundant.
54. magnum44 (Posts: 22; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
It is NOT about 'privacy' or 'spying' or 'short battery life (what's that mean anyway?!) or 'Google Glass is evil' ... it's about lack of tact and annoying behaviour in public like staring or pointing your finger at strangers or turning the music loud,etc ... imagine someone holding his Note 3 to his eyes and moving it with his air head for hours on end in malls, shops, streets, restaurants, bars, etc. ... why the camera in GG!? really why the camera?? ... because without it GG would never sell ... it's so uncool and super pretentious to wear this stuff in public ... and this is not a 'myth'.