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#1 +V-Tech

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 19:58

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Google shareholders and other individuals were in for a surprise when they arrived at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. Google, ironically, banned attendees from wearing the company’s own wearable computing device at the meeting. The company forbade people from using electronic devices such as smartphones, cameras and recording devices. The restriction infuriated the nonprofit watchdog organization Consumer Watchdog, which called out Google executives as hypocrites.

“Google has unleashed one of the most privacy invasive devices ever,” John M. Simpson, privacy project director at Consumer Watchdog, said in a press release. “Google Glass aids and abets people who want to invade our privacy by videoing or photographing us surreptitiously, but when it comes to their own privacy Google executives jealously guard it.”

Simpson is a stern opponent of Google Glass and recently called for Google to give consumers a way to remove videos or photos from the company’s database that were taken by Glass users. The group blasted Google for its “long record of making everyone else’s information public, but insisting on secrecy about its operations.”

Google Glass isn’t expected to be available to consumers until early next year, however the device has already seen its fair share of criticism. Some early reviews have called Glass “creepy,” invasive and likely to fail.


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:02

Hypocrites.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:10

Hypocrites.


How is it hypocritical to forbid a device that has recording capability just like other forbidden devices for their meeting? I can understand if they allowed smartphones but didn't allow Google Glass, then I'd understand some anger there... but they forbid both. Gee, Google makes Android so why aren't they ****ed about blacklisting smartphones?

Sounds more like complaining for the sake of it to me. :|

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:12

How is it hypocritical to forbid a device that has recording capability just like other forbidden devices for their meeting? I can understand if they allowed smartphones but didn't allow Google Glass, then I'd understand some anger there... but they forbid both. Gee, Google makes Android so why aren't they ****ed about blacklisting smartphones?

Sounds more like complaining for the sake of it to me. :|

Ye, have to agree here. They treat GG as a recording device and they just don't want recording devices in the meetings.
No need to read too much in to it.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:25

Ye, have to agree here. They treat GG as a recording device and they just don't want recording devices in the meetings.
No need to read too much in to it.

So if there is "no need to read too much in to it", why did you post it then? :s

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:29

its going to be hilarious when the guys defending this device get their credit cards and other sensitive info stolen just by someone taking a quick glance and having a permanent copy.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:34

So if there is "no need to read too much in to it", why did you post it then? :s

I posted it because it's news. Not all news has to be shocking and surprising.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:36

While it is hypocritical, I certainly don't blame them for it. I like (though try to avoid) Google products, but consider them a pretty scary company nowadays and find it hard to believe what comes out of the CEO's mouth from time to time, e.g. this little well-known gem:
"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

In other words, total transparency. :/

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:38

Ha!

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:51

"The company forbade people from using electronic devices such as smartphones, cameras and recording devices"

It's not hypocritical.. Google Glass does all of that, some people are just annoyed that they cant use their new toy.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:52

How is it hypocritical to forbid a device that has recording capability just like other forbidden devices for their meeting? I can understand if they allowed smartphones but didn't allow Google Glass, then I'd understand some anger there... but they forbid both. Gee, Google makes Android so why aren't they ****ed about blacklisting smartphones?

Sounds more like complaining for the sake of it to me. :|


They're hypocrites because they're more than happy to ignore everyone else's privacy whilst protecting their own. All they've done here is highlight what a terrible idea Google Glass is.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:52

"The company forbade people from using electronic devices such as smartphones, cameras and recording devices"

It's not hypocritical..

It's totally understandable that they want their privacy.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 20:54

They're hypocrites because they're more than happy to ignore everyone else's privacy whilst protecting their own. All they've done here is highlight what a terrible idea Google Glass is.

Look at the quote above, where it say that they ban all electronic devices from the meetings. Does that mean that android phones are a terrible idea as well?

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 21:01

Look at the quote above, where it say that they ban all electronic devices from the meetings. Does that mean that android phones are a terrible idea as well?


I've made two related points. The first is that Google are hypocrites for protecting their own privacy but not anyone else's. The second is that Google Glass is designed to undermine people's privacy in a way that smartphones never can. If you choose to buy an Android phone then you're happy to have Google access all your data and nobody else is affected. If you buy Google Glass then you're happy to invade other people's privacy. Everybody's but Google's that is.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 21:08

I've made two related points. The first is that Google are hypocrites for protecting their own privacy but not anyone else's. The second is that Google Glass is designed to undermine people's privacy in a way that smartphones never can. If you choose to buy an Android phone then you're happy to have Google access all your data and nobody else is affected. If you buy Google Glass then you're happy to invade other people's privacy. Everybody's but Google's that is.

You will probably disagree but in my opinion a company has much more to lose if the companies privacy is invaded than an individual....
I never understood the whole privacy fear people have. I believe that if I have nothing to hide than I have no problem allowing Google to collect data about me. It hurts me in no way (at least not something I can think about right now).