Google Glass has gone on sale in the UK, with “creative” consumers and developers alike capable of getting their hands on the android-based technology if they’re willing to part with £1000. The UK release has led to further concerns regarding the privacy aspects of Glass.
Google Glass’ privacy debate is still open for discussion, especially as there is little way of knowing exactly when someone might be taking a picture of you, or when your personal details might be stolen through the built-in camera, such as when you’re putting in a PIN of some sorts.
Also, there’s still confusion surrounding the legal implications of Google Glass, which has led to Google telling the first users of the product to maintain the same level of courtesy and standards they would when taking a picture with a camera or mobile phone.
Interestingly, in a poll connected to the privacy concerns of Google Glass in the US, 72% of Americans felt that there was a cause for concern when it came to feeling awkward or concerned about their privacy.
However, Google have stressed that Glass is still a prototype and that its valuation reflects the fact that it is meant for developers rather than consumers, so we could see changes to its privacy settings in the future.
This also means that the commercial value of the product will be significantly less than the £1000 you have to pay in the UK at this time.