Privacy issues lead 72% in U.S. to reject Google Glass

Privacy issues lead 72% in U.S. to reject Google Glass
A survey of Americans conducted by research firm Toluna, suggests that 72% of them will not purchase Google Glass. Worries about privacy and safety are the main reasons why the connected specs might have a more limited appeal than initially thought. Two in five consumers are worried about their personal data ending up in the hands of the bad guys. Others worry about being on the other side of Glass, and having their every move secretly recorded and posted online for the world to see.

Another concern has to do with safety. Potential Glass wearers are afraid of being distracted by the data and images on the device, and walking into a moving car, falling into a manhole or worse. And one out of three say that they are afraid of being mugged if they don the wearable device.

Capturing 28% of Americans would still result in a pretty big sales number, but don't kid yourself. If this survey reflects real life intentions in the U.S., Google still has quite a few obstacles to overcome to sell these things. For those who envisioned a world where everyone, including new born infants, would be wearing Google Glass, you might want to put that image away.

The survey doesn't say that Google Glass won't eventually blossom and become a hit. But what it does say is that after letting smartphones, tablets and smartwatches into their lives, Americans are being more cautious when it comes to connected specs.

source: TolunaGroup, AdWeek, via CNET

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13 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kind of late to be worrying about closing the barn door now? People were initially scared of TV sets too. Time will shape them.

3. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

privacy concerns are getting out of hand.... there's nothing private about the world or a persons world anymore... they'll get over it in due time.

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yup. If someone really worries that much, then cut all the ties then. Quit your job, sell everything you have. Burn everything that has your name on it. Go to the woods and build a cabin. Then no one would know you exist :D

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6902; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Google only has to do one thing to Google glass. Then it would address everyone's concerns. Just make the camera on glass a detachable module. Hey if Google is working on project Ara then they could easily make the camera a detachable module. Then anyone worried about any privacy issues regarding glass wouldn't have to worry. Google could then wipe its hands in regards to any privacy issues. The responsibility would now be put back into the users hands.

2. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

where was this survey taken?

8. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Some socially uneducated people, living in their world or in their mama's basement, posting every silly and meaningless aspect of their life on facecrap, don't understand that personal privacy is a necessary part of FREEDOM.

9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

This means that 1/3 of Americans would buy them... it's more than 100 million potential users in the US alone.

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

If you can't see why your logic here is completely wrong, then there is no hope for you.

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

All this survey says is that 72%, more like 99% of people have NO IDEA of HOW google glass operates or what it does. The stinkin device spends the majority of its time OFF. But the stupid public thinks the video camera is rolling 24/7 with the light disabled.

14. NickSDC

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

People in this are ridiculous. If someone wanted to record you, they'd buy $150 pair of glasses on Amazon, not $1500 pair of tech.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Don't people realize our own gov't include APPLE/GOOGLE spy's on our phones anyway?

16. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

72% of those people surveyed are doing something illegal on a daily basis so they are fearful someone with those glasses on might catch them in the act. Funny how many videos pop up online via cellphones, yet people are worried about someone recording them wearing glasses in PUBLIC? Let's see police monitor your actions at many areas in PUBLIC, heck you're monitored in pretty much every department store in the country, every bank, every reasonably secure office building. Seriously only place that should be considered private is your bathroom, that's about the only place you can do whatever you want. No being on the internet is not private since your information is passed through a massive server(s) where your ISP can pretty much tell where you have been and who you've been contacting...privacy is a dream...wake up.

17. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

This is a jk right? Wake up guys, our privacy has long been gone. No complain when Apple or samsung takes your finger identity, health records,etc Not to mention NSA literally tracks everyone, no mass protest or complain. Now an eyeglass with a camera/camcorder is freaking out ppl? With all the popular apps, instagram, snapchat, twitter,etc I would think that the ppl actually want someone to track them (update a post or pic every 5 min and locate themselves and then showed everyone where they at). Maybe its just me but I don't understand anymore.

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