Privacy group overreacts to Google banning Glass and smartphones from its own shareholder meeting
Consumer Watchdog has jumped on the story. Google banned shareholder meeting attendees from using any electronic devices such as smartphones, cameras and recording devices; and, Glass falls into that category. Not surprisingly, this sent Consumer Watchdog into a rage. John M. Simpson, privacy project director at Consumer Watchdog, said in a press release:Not to disappoint,
We think that kind of reaction is hyperbolic at best. Google has always said that common sense is a key to the supposed privacy concerns of Google Glass. Google wouldn't expect you to wear the product in a public shower (Robert Scoble aside), and obviously Google fully expects Glass to not be allowed in highly sensitive areas like shareholder meetings, research labs, the Oval Office, etc. where recording devices of any sort aren't allowed anyway.
At the end of the day, Google Glass is nothing so incredibly new that it deserves to be a lightning rod over privacy. We have rules and norms around cameras, when they are appropriate and when they aren't. The same will apply to Glass. A person can't record someone any more "surreptitiously" with Glass than with any other kind of camera. Let's all stop pretending that you can.