Raising Legitimate Concerns
- Privacy – A Google Glass wearer in Seattle, Washington was asked to leave a local restaurant this past December because he refused to remove his Glass device. The restaurant was concerned about customer privacy issues. Those same issues will undoubtedly come up should police officers begin wearing Google Glass devices on patrol. There will simply be no way to know whether officers are surveilling without cause.
- Distraction – There is much debate over whether or not a head-mounted display could be a distraction when driving. Knowing what we know about mobile phones in relation to road crashes, it is hard to believe drivers would not be distracted. Is it smart to have police officers driving patrol vehicles while wearing Glass?
- Security – The risk of a police issued Google Glass device being misplaced or stolen is rather high when you consider the data available to police officers would become instantly available to whoever possessed the device – at least until an officer could notify someone to lock the device out. Moreover, while the threat already exists via car-mounted laptop computers, it would be a lot easier to get hold of a head-mounted unit.