SAY NO TO GOOGLE GLASS – More and more privacy advocates are warning people to say NO to Google Glass when it becomes available due to the intrusive nature of the product.
Google has made its position perfectly clear when Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, stated; “If you don’t want people to know what you are doing then you are better off not doing it in the first place.”
Not exactly a comforting statement considering Google continuously spies on online users activities and there are have been numerous allegations of Google handing over private data to the U.S Government’s Security Services; an allegation that Google denies.
Just last week Google was accused of snooping on users emails on its Gmail service in order to place more relevant advertisements in front of the user. In a statement Google once again rebuffed the public’s concerns over online privacy by stating that Gmail users had no right to privacy.
This latest and astonishing claim has only further added to the advocates of privacy that Google will go to any lengths to spy and track a person’s every movement in order to sell advertising.
Already a number of businesses have preemptively banned Google Glass on their premises stating that such a device is not only instructive it clearly breaks privacy laws and an individual’s right to privacy with the devices ability to record images, video and conversations of anyone around the person wearing the device.
Google announced today that it has now developed a further App for Google Glass that will track the wearer’s eye movements in return for cash. The idea is that if the wearer looks at advertisements then essentially they could get paid.
Known as the Gaze Tracking System the patent shows where the wearer looks, the duration of attention and even monitoring pupil dilation.
This information is then sent to a Google server where an algorithm will then identify the object of interest, log everything that is seen by the user and then use such information to serve up advertisements.
We asked one inside tech developer what they thought;
“I’m not famous, I don’t want to be. I like my anonymity and privacy. How would ordinary people act if someone came up to them and shoved a camera in their face, starting to take photos, recording video or their conversation; do you think the public will accept this type of behaviour because that how intrusive Google Glass is going to be.
I can see Google Glass being the catalyst for violent confrontation for those who feel deeply offended that their privacy is clearly being invaded and such a product should never be allowed on the market and anyone who buys such a device obviously doesn’t care about an individual’s right to privacy.”
One organization stopthecyborgs.org has given a number of reasons why Google Glass should be banned from sale or people refusing to purchase such a product including:
As a practical act which creates areas free of surveillance or highly intrusive surveillance.
As a symbolic act showing concern for privacy.
As a way of exerting social pressure to establish norms around usage.
As a way of exerting market pressure to discourage people from buying and companies developing these systems.
There is simply no question that the Google Glass device will infringe upon your rights to privacy.
If you agree that Google Glass should be banned in order to stop Google from profiting from intruding upon your private life then share this article and help us in our campaign to ensure our privacy is upheld by not allowing Google to sell such a product as intrusive as Google Glass.