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Group Petitions White House to Ban Google Glass

by Todd Haselton | May 6, 2013May 6, 2013 3:30 pm PST


Should Google Glass be banned?

There’s certainly an argument to be made, especially if you’re concerned that anyone can be walking around snapping photos of you or recording your every move. In fact, we talked a bit about this during our latest Tech on the Range podcast. There’s enough concern that some people have recently created a petition with the White House to ban the technology until “clear limitations are placed to prevent indecent public surveillance.”

It’s not so much a worry of government surveillance, but a worry of surveillance from our peers who are lucky or, perhaps, wealthy enough to afford the new tech.

“Google Glass is a new twist on technology which hasn’t had clearly stated limits on the locations in US communities where it can and cannot be used,” the petition argues. “In order to protect our communities we need limitations to prevent indecent public surveillance of our friends, children, and families. It is hard to prevent it because the hardware gives no notification that it is recording an individual at any given time.”

The petition needs 100,000 signatures before June 2 in order for the White House to even take a gander at it. So far just four people have signed on.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...