Eroding Privacy? Blame Humans, Not Google Glass
They existed long before this tech: Whitney Erin Boesel
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2014 11:58 AM CDT
In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Newser) – Now that anyone can buy Google Glass, we're sure to see an increase in the number of "Glassholes" roaming the streets, taking pictures of people without their consent. And many people will likely decry Google Glass, as we've decried other technological advances before, claiming it's to blame for our eroding privacy rights. But that's not the case, writes Whitney Erin Boesel for Time. Google Glass brings attention to a problem—but that problem already existed long ago. It's simply easier to blame Google Glass than to confront the "real issues," she writes.

People were taking "creepshots," usually of women, without their consent long before Google Glass came along—and such photographs "will continue to be a problem until we deal with the much bigger problem of why anyone would take a creepshot in the first place," Boesel writes. But figuring out the answer to that "why" is complicated, and it's easier to blame Google Glass than to confront "American culture’s deeply entrenched sexism and misogyny" and "problems of power and privilege." The same concept applies to the "vast troves of information" Google, Facebook, the NSA, and others are collecting on us—banning Google Glass wouldn't solve that problem either. It's time "to ask hard questions about what kind of a society we want to live in." Click for Boesel's full column.

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dan6807
May 20, 2014 5:25 PM CDT
We live in a society where 1984 is a vast improvement on the way things are now. A Brave New World is just one generation away and every major corporation has every aspect of your existence under an electron scanning microscope. The problem isn't Google glass it is Google, Microsoft, and any other tech firm trying to steal what you have to create billionaires who spend it on cars, houses and luxuries without a conscience thought about the world they are creating. Too many humans and no resources. I suggest they pursue a course of eradication of the poor. Oh, wait didn't Hitler already try that? No I don't blame Google Glass for the lowlifes it's the highlifes that are really to blame.
Tom Maker
May 20, 2014 12:40 PM CDT
Taking a picture of a hot woman is NOT creepy. It is NOT illegal. As long as you use it for your "personal" use who cares if you take pictures or not?
ChopperPilot
May 19, 2014 1:52 PM CDT
I agree. What does Google Glass do? Same kind of things people can already do. I have no interest in owning a pair, but it doesn't bother me if someone else wants to