AirTalk for May 21, 2013

Privacy concerns and the rise of the 'Glassholes'

2013 Google Developer Conference Continues In San Francisco

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An attendee tries Google Glass during the Google I/O developer conference on May 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

It’s the hottest tech toy since Apple released the iPhone back in 2007. But while many tech observers think Google Glass – the tech giant’s newest wearable computer in the form of a pair of eyeglasses – would revolutionize the consumer tech industry, privacy advocates and lawmakers are worried about its abilities to record people and map faces.

Last week, eight members of Congress sent an open letter to Google CEO Larry Page detailing their concerns and set June 14 as the deadline for the company to add privacy protections into Glass. Caesars Palace in Las Vegas has banned the use of Glass on its premises, as well as some movie theaters and a watering hole in Seattle.

Google Glass won’t be widely available until later this year at the earliest, but a derogatory term has already been coined to describe those with access to the device who abuse its usage: Glassholes.

How does Google Glass work? What are some of the privacy concerns?  Are these concerns overblown?

Guests:
Will Oremus, staff writer at Slate.com

Kurt Opsahl, Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation


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