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BizReport : Trends & Ideas : February 18, 2014

Google releases tips on Google Glass etiquette

Recent research has revealed that many have concerns surrounding the use of Google Glass, not just about their own use but of how others use the wearable technology. To educate Google Glass Explorers on etiquette, Google has just released a list of do's and don'ts.

by Helen Leggatt

Earlier this month, LoveMyVouchers surveyed UK consumers about their views on privacy with regards to Google Glass. Privacy was a consideration among 71% who cited, among other reasons, concern for activities such as being filmed without their permission. Furthermore, 64% said they would feel uncomfortable talking to a person sporting the wearable tech.

For those whose common sense is lacking, Google has released a swathe of do's and don'ts.

The do's are pretty straight forward and, in the main, encourage 'proper' use of the device such as using the screen lock, engaging in communities set up to provide advice and feedback and generally using the technology to explore the world. One particular do should really belong in the don'ts. Google suggests you ask permission before taking photographs or video of others - in other words, don't be creepy, or a stalker, or just plain annoying.

As for the don'ts, they are mostly common sense. Google suggests you don't 'Glass Out' (there's a new term begging entry into the urban dictionary) - in other words, limit use of Google Glass to short bursts of activity and don't attempt to use the device to read War and Peace.

In addition, advice includes not getting annoyed with all the attention you're likely to get while sporting the device, removing them while undertaking high-impact activities (or before being thumped for being found out videoing without permission) and, if in an area where smartphones are to be turned off, turn off and remove your Google Glass device, too.

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Tags: Google Glass, wearable technology

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  • Davyd

    Anytime I see someone wearing Google glass I can't help to think they are being show-offs/egotist. People overuse technology. Does this device add any real value to the average persons life? I can see some useful applications like maybe for a police officer. I also have privacy concerns with this device. Not only regarding the possibility of being unknowingly recorded but also the privacy of the user. Google is after all the largest privacy violator after maybe the NSA.

  • dpmanthei

    Sorry I have to be "that guy", but I feel I should point out Google is not a "privacy violator". Buying Glass is your choice, and they can't violate your privacy if you know what you're getting into when you make the purchase. The same goes for all of their services. I understand that Google can sell every piece of data they know about me to advertisers and I accept those terms in order to get some great, free services in return. I know, I know, they may not be fully disclosing what data they are collecting and yes their terms of service are lengthy like everyone else's, but if I don't want something to possibly go public I simply don't use a Google service (or any online service for that matter) to communicate it.

  • Davyd

    Thats okay! I like it when people disagree. It makes for a real discussion and maybe I can learn something new. I still hold that Google is a privacy violator though. Just look into the history of lawsuits brought against them. That long privacy policy that no one reads or understands has often not been fully truthful or simply doesn't disclose what they do. They have also collected private data from people who have never agreed to any terms of service (street view vehicles amassing data from unsecure wireless networks). I also think a practice can still be wrong even though its disclosed in fine print.

  • dpmanthei

    Thanks for your pleasant response, you never know how anyone will react when there's disagreement online!

    You know when you mention streetview that does raise a related point. Even though it is being done in the public domain, thousands of people have been photographed and are in images hosted on Google even if they themselves don't use the service and never will. Really, they are part of the service despite not having agreed to any sort of terms whatsoever. Google does blur the faces and license plates, but I know the less-technical side of my family has seen the car coming and literally ran inside their house. It's not illegal, it's not nefarious, but they simply don't want to participate and I get that.

  • Helen Leggatt

    I believe that, like any new technology, it will take a while to become accepted and, right now, I'd feel rather 'silly' wearing Google glass. Personally, as far as wearable tech goes, I think smartwatches are a better option and far less ostentatious or 'confronting' to others. I would feel rather uncomfortable engaging with a Google Glass wearer, not quite sure whether they were engaging with me, recording me or locked on to some other topic in their view but not mine! Thanks for your comment, David.



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