Evolution from Geek to James Bond?
Google Glass Privacy is hitting the mainstream. How do we know? Cuz Congress is talking about it. You may have read that eight members of Congress sent Larry Page a letter expressing their privacy concerns, specifically the issue of how personal information is obtained and used. Call me a cynic, but isn’t that about five years too late? And, it’s not an issue specific to Google. Facebook, for example, has hit the news with their ever-changing and confusing privacy settings.
Google Glass Privacy 1.0
Let’s put this into perspective folks. Glass is in its first iteration. In its current form it’s pretty obvious there’s some weird hardware hanging off some funny-looking glasses. Not really a product that James Bond can elegantly wear with his tuxedo while tailing a super villain.
However, as the product matures and materials continue to miniaturize, Glass 2.0 is going to get even better and more invisible. But what Congress isn’t talking about is that we already have an issue with privacy. There are over 1 billion smartphones armed with cameras already in circulation. You can stand in the middle of a busy street in downtown San Jose and take a picture. For example, if I take a photo of a building and you happen to walk by… I then post it on my Facebook wall. Have I violated your privacy?
Welcome to the Matrix
In the prophetic words of Morpheus “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.” I believe we hit this privacy crossroad a loooong time ago. The Google Glass Privacy hullabaloo points out that our privacy laws and frameworks are outdated, outgunned, and outgeeked.
So which pill are you gonna take? The blue or red pill?
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