Guidelines for Google Glass in the workplace

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Visual enhancement devices such as Google Glass are a potential security and privacy risk to companies. Establishing policy guidelines early will help smooth the way as employees adopt this new technology.

The introduction of Google Glass means that it’s only a matter of time before employees bring them into the workplace. For those not yet in the know, Google Glass is a wearable computer interface that resembles a pair of glasses. It can serve as an augmented hands-free smartphone and features voice control, the ability to take pictures, record audio/video and connect to the internet for the purpose of sending and retrieving information.

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Right now there are only 8,000 early issue Google Glass Explorer units in circulation, mostly among journalists, but companies need to prepare ahead of time and put policies in place before it becomes mainstream. Use the Tech Pro Research Google Glass Policy to create guidelines for your organization.

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Despite the limited distribution, Google Glass has already been banned in some establishments, including Guantanamo Bay, when a Miami Herald reporter wore them at the facility. Signs were quickly posted to ban all binoculars and “visual enhancement devices”.

And there are other such products coming onto the market, with Google Glass competitor Recon recently announcing it has shipped 50,000 units of its $599 sports model aimed at snow skiers.

Google Glass has a variety of potential business or educational uses involving accessing, capturing and sharing data, so it can pose a significant security risk to an organization. In particular, the ability to surreptitiously record audio and video can threaten business confidentiality and jeopardize company data and even its reputation.

With that in mind, Tech Pro Research has created a Google Glass Policy that can be downloaded and used as a guideline for organizations as they establish rules for the use of such devices in the workplace.

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