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Google mythbusting various privacy concerns surrounding Glass

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Google mythbusting various privacy concerns surrounding Glass
Ever since Google Glass was first announced, there have been those who have decried it as the end of all privacy, which of course is hyperbolic nonsense. But, the trouble is that when something is repeated enough, people start to believe it. So, today, Google is trying to mythbust the top 10 misconceptions that people have concerning Google Glass.

The post on Google+ makes many good points, like mentioning that Glass' very conspicuous placement on your face and its short battery life make it a pretty bad tool for spying or surveillance. There are a couple times where Google compares Glass to a cell phone, stating that social norms have sorted out when and where cell phones are appropriate, just as they will with Glass. And, also noting that when the camera was first invented, it was claimed to lead to the death of privacy. The post specifically addresses facial recognition, and says that Google is not allowing it on Glass "regardless of technological feasibility", since we all know that facial recognition works perfectly well. 

Unfortunately, for all of the good points put forth in the post, the overall tone is troubled. The post starts out light-heartedly mentioning other urban legends, but the tone quickly gets defensive and even borders on hostile a couple times. It sounds quite a lot like the person at Google who crafted the post had simply had enough of the myths and wrote this from a place of anger, but tried to mask it with some off-hand jokes (something we know about first hand around here). 

Still, it's a good read for those concerned about the privacy issues that surround Glass. It's hard to imagine that this response from Google will make much headway with those who have already decided that Glass is evil, but it's good to have the official word to point to when trying to address concerns.

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posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:55

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Most people i know would want to beat your glass if you wore these things. O.o Say are you filming me again, glass hole?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:17 6

2. bizwhizzy (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


good to see the first person here didn't even bother to read the article or g+ post...

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 21:44

16. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Don't be silly or foolish with your few posts, the article ain't saying nothing, to calm the nerves of people who want to go out without nerds filming them. I did read the article before post dizzy.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 08:58

19. sgodsell (Posts: 1383; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


If Google made either another set of glass without the camera, but has everything else, that would calm the nerves down for most. Or better yet make it so you can easily attach/detach the camera on glass. The later of the two would also have the benefit of making glass cheaper. Users could buy glass with or without the camera. Having the option to buy the camera later.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:53 3

6. sprockkets (Posts: 1302; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


People said the same thing about cameras in the 19th century. We survived.

Oh that's right you didn't read the post.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:33 2

9. ePoch270 (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Good to know that most people you know are neanderthal cro-magnons who don't belong in a modern civilized society. Seems like a bit of an overreaction to wearing a small computer on your head.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 21:50

17. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


You're the one who is sounding uncivilized at the moment with the stupid statement about who belongs or not. Come in the Bar with that thing on your head and see what happens to ya. Hehehe O.o

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:23 4

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6674; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Man seriously if u don't like someone or some company spying on u then don't bother buying a product if you care bout PRIVACY. how hard is that not to ignore? Every gov't is spying on us as we speak. There's nothing no one can do about it.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:26 1

4. winter_hat (Posts: 106; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Garbage that won't sell. Not because of the haters, but because no one wants this on their face....except a handful of nerds.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:48 1

15. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


You'd be very surprised to see how wrong you actually are.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:12 2

5. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1256; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


So, does Glass spy on Apps for Education email users, and build profiles to target these children with ads, or is that just Google in general?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 22:00 2

7. sprockkets (Posts: 1302; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Is Napalm_3nema a pathetic sadist or is he/she just a mindless troll?

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 05:21 2

12. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1256; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Well, it's obvious I have no allegiance to any one OS or OEM, which makes one of us, so thinking for myself without endlessly regurgitating stupid fanboy drivel would indicate I'm not a "mindless troll." Since I spoke about a fact, which Google is undeniably guilty of, rather than just going straight to elementary insults, I'm pretty sure "pathetic sadist" is out, although I will have to get back to you on that one.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:19 1

14. sprockkets (Posts: 1302; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


You asked a question which had no right answer. Google does not mine data for google apps for education, which has nothing to do with glass.

You spoke nothing but typical anti google bullsht, which means you can be both a sadist and a mindless troll. But you didn't get that did you.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 22:03

18. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Are you a Google Lawyer or just a fanatic fanboy. O.o

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:25

8. jack123 (Posts: 93; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Google Glasses, actually, looks cool just like characters from Dragonball in anime.
I have to look out if they start officially sell this glasses, so I can put a BANNED SIGN in front of my doors.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 03:04

10. magnum44 (unregistered)


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'.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 04:01

11. magnum44 (unregistered)


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.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 09:54 1

13. mmmanuuu (Posts: 234; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


In the first look i read the title as GOOGLE MASTURBATING VARIOUS PRIVACY CONCERNS... lmao

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