If you count yourself among the growing army of US citizens not exactly bowled over by the thought of Google Glass, the good news is you’re not alone. Indeed, the controversial technology seems to be ruffling a few feathers in an official sense – a letter from Congress has been sent to the search giant to try and clear up a few pressing concerns most of us seem to have.
The letter was sent to Google CEO Larry Page this Thursday, on the subject of potential privacy concerns posed by Google Glass.
“We are curious whether this new technology could infringe on the privacy of the average American,” read an extract from the letter.
The primary concern shared by many seems to be the way in which Google Glass has the potential to shoot videos and take photographs without the subjects ever being made aware of it. No more than a blink or wink of an eye is needed to activate or shut-off the device’s camera, which has led thousands to wonder exactly where lines should be drawn and Google Glass allowed.
There’s also the concern that Google Glass could eventually be used in conjunction with facial recognition technology and further encroach on the privacy of the public.
Those on the side of Google’s foray however accuse the majority of critics – including Congress – of overreacting. Their primary point centers around the way in which it is already possible to shoot highly discreet videos and capture images with any standard Smartphone – those wish to do as such don’t need to invest in Google Glass.
And what’s more, a person wearing Google Glass would have to be staring directly at whatever it was he or she was shooting a video of, thereby making it blindingly obvious what it is they were doing. By contrast, it’s much easier to hide a Smartphone that’s recording at the time.
The debate is likely to continue until long after Google Glass makes its public debut sometime next year, when it will already have been blacklisted and banned in dozens of environments in a growing number of US states.