Google Glass: The end of privacy?

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer of Google's Project Glass, talks about the design of the Google Glass during the keynote at Google's annual developer conference, in San Francisco on June 27, 2012.

Dozens of state attorneys general say they are going to closely watch how Google safeguards privacy from now on. The announcement comes just after the search giant agreed to pay $7 million to settle charges it collected personal data from people's wireless networks with its mapping cameras. 

Experts say a new test of privacy will come when the Google's electronic eyeglasses hit the market late this year. Sure, Google Glass is mostly a wearable display screen, but it also acts as a video and audio recorder.

Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain joins Marketplace Tech host David Brancaccio to explain Google's privacy problem when it comes to the high-tech spectacles.

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Jonathan Zittrain is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
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I have started three community Facebook Fan pages - No Google Glass https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Google-Glass/420187491408987 - Stop Google Glass https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Google-Glass/143692319133442 - and Google Glass Privacy - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Google-Glass-Privacy/139904179518377. If you are concerned about your privacy with this new, intrusive device, please LIKE these Fan Pages and invite everyone you know to LIKE these Fan Pages. I'm also starting a Community web site on this issue and am hoping to have it up by next week.

Prof. Zittrain: There were plenty of audio-video recordings of police brutalizing "Occupy" protesters throughout the U.S., and they were unrepentent about an unpenalized for their behavior. Various police dept.s around the country have banned filming their activities, and courts have upheld their right to do so. What on earth makes you think that their behavior will change with the advent of Google Glass?

Personally, I hope that someone comes up with a jamming device for Google Glass, analogous to the device that can turn off any TV in airport gate areas.

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