Nick Pickles, Director of Big Brother Watch, has raised concern over new technology developed by Google.
Google Glasses are wearable surveillance devices that can record every aspect of a users life, and those around them.
He points out:
It’s Orwellian surveillance with fluffier branding. And this isn’t just video surveillance — Glass uses audio recording too. For added impact, if you’re not content with Google analysing the data, the person can share it to social media as they see fit too.
Yet that is the reality of Google Glass. Everything you see, Google sees. You don’t own the data, you don’t control the data and you definitely don’t know what happens to the data. Put another way — what would you say if instead of it being Google Glass, it was Government Glass? A revolutionary way of improving public services, some may say. Call me a cynic, but I don’t think it’d have much success.
Pickles also draws attention to the fact that Google, yet again, have ignored privacy laws in favour of profit as the stability of the company depends on their ability to collect personal data.
There is a gaping hole in the middle of the Google Glass world and it is one where privacy is not only seen as an annoying restriction on Google’s profit, but as something that simply does not even come into the equation. Google has empowered you to ignore the privacy of other people. Bravo.
Google are no stranger to privacy violations.
Earlier this year it was revealed that almost 70% of Brits are concerned about the company’s disregard for their privacy.
It also emerged that Google Wallet had been intentionally sharing personal data with app developers without user consent.
This comes ahead of the fact that the company has received multiple fines and legal action for breaching privacy in a variety of ways. None of this has done seemingly little to prevent, or even slow down, Google’s agenda of global surveillance.