The Centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST) at Goldsmiths University of London along with the website hosting company Rackspace have conducted a survey of 4,000 people and discovered that half of the respondents had privacy concerns when it came to wearable devices like Google Glass. 61 percent of those asked thought that this type of device should be subject to regulation, while 20 percent felt it should be banned completely.
Google Glass has not yet gone on sale, however it has already come under government and consumer scrutiny. With recent news of Google Glass banning porn apps and also facial recognition, this only adds fuel to people’s concerns over the privacy implications.
Google Glass is not the only wearable technology. Other examples include Internet connected heart monitors and wearable GPS systems. It is interesting to note that despite some people having concerns over privacy, the survey also showed that 39 percent of people intend to use this form of technology when it is released.
Almost one fifth of Britons said they would consent to the government accessing their location through such devices, and one third would be fine having food and exercise habits monitored by the NHS.
“We are at the beginning of massive mainstream uptake of wearable devices, with the launch of Google Glass set to further boost adoption,” said Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer at Rackspace.
Chris Brauer, co-director of CAST at Goldsmiths said: “The rich data created by wearable tech will drive the rise of the “human cloud” of personal data. With this comes countless opportunities to tap into this data, whether it’s connecting with third parties to provide more tailored and personalised services or working closer with healthcare institutions to get a better understanding of their patients.”
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