Obviously the concerns of wearing Google Glass, the Internet-enabled face computer with a built-in camera and Keurig machine, are causing some alarm for privacy advocates. Because these paranoid people figure someone with a lightweight recording device strapped to their head might find some way to do evil, go figure. However, Google’s CEO Larry Page isn’t worried.
At the company’s annual shareholder meeting (and group-viewing of The Internship?), Mr. Page said that people’s fear of Glass infringing on people’s privacy will eventually dissipate as people incorporate more wearable tech into their lives. A shareholder remarked that the $1,500 device is a “voyeur’s dream come true,” but that didn’t faze Mr. Page who told them to pipe down:
“People worry about all sorts of things that actually, when we use the product, it is not that big a concern,” he assured, adding that the company “gone through some pains” to ensure people’s privacy.
OK, but what about people’s privacy in places where it’s sort of paramount, like restrooms:
“You don’t collapse in terror that someone might be using Glass in the bathroom just the same as you don’t collapse in terror when someone comes in with a smartphone that might take a picture,” said Mr. Page.
Fine, we just hope it’s not cold in there.