Google Glass was an interesting case because it showed us people do care about privacy, but only when they feel it's violated.

They will give endless data on themselves and others including photos, video and location but they will outrage the moment they feel privacy is actually at risk - because someone has a camera on their face instead of their hands.

Facebook is actually very clever to obtain all this data without triggering this sensation for the average person.

People know.. but they do not *feel*.


@polychrome What was funny is, there was no actual privacy threat with Google Glass... it wasn't physically capable of doing what people were afraid of. (I own one but haven't used it in years.)

Spy cameras are available for much less which record longer and are much less obvious they're recording. Oh, and they have drastically better battery life.

The only real privacy peeve it had was actually the way Google treated the user: I couldn't opt out of Google uploading my photos taken with it.

@polychrome The camera was a totally forgettable feature, I had a 3D printed cover to block it, though I never had anyone ask me to use it or express concern.

When recording, it had a battery life of about fifteen minutes and got so hot I thought it might catch my hair on fire. It was not a good product.

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