Could Google Glasses Herald Brave New Era of Video Surveillance by the General Public?

By Adam Bannister

Video footage gathered using Google Glasses has been used as court evidence for the first time, raising the prospect that video surveillance may no longer be the sole preserve of businesses and the government.

Haresh Mehta, 20, who lives in Southampton, took matters into his own hands when his repeated complaints to police of being the victim to insults failed to prompt formal action by police. Moreover, his accusations triggered counter-accusations from his alleged tormentor.

The IT security student purchased a pair of surveillance sunglasses with a video recorder hidden in the frame. “It was like having a camera between your eyes,” he said.

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