Privacy is a major concern with things like this, and I am worried that it will be violated with the glass product, but I'm really more worried that I'll be the one violating my own privacy on accident rather than some perv spying on me with it. If you think about it, the guy with the hidden camera on the train is far less conspicuous than a guy wearing "GOOGLE GLASSES (TM)" and staring at you.
Since there's no public units of Google Glass running around, the author is either lying or is asserting that some member of the Google Glass team is running around with a prototype unit and harassing security guards and walking into people's homes.
Really, it looks like a GoPro or some other small handheld unit. But this is a guy who calls himself "Grand Poobah of The Smartphone Wars" and talks about how great Apple is in an unrelated post or topic. So we can take that with about as much seriousness as it deserves and move on.
I hope that Google will take measures to reduce the risk of unwanted recording, perhaps by having an LED or a shutter/record sound which can not be muted.
I assume the best in people. So I assume this is a person trying to call into focus the blurry spectrum between experiencing an event, documenting an event on paper, drawing, pictures, and video. And he's probably doing it because with the technology coming down the pipeline, these lines are going to get even more blurred. Perhaps he's even an advocate of legislation to prevent things like this and just figures you have to poke someone (the public; the legislature) in the eye to get them to respond.
But even so, this is a pretty jerk-ish way to do that for animalistic reasons. He's not just recording people, he's staring at strangers.
Several times he made the plea of "I'm not being threatening." That's patently false. We're mammals. Staring at a stranger for prolonged periods of time is a direct, unambiguous threat. If a stranger stared at me like that, blank faced and unmoving, I would call the police with or without a video camera. And if I saw you doing it to someone I cared about, I'd probably consider attacking you, or at least putting on a good show of it.
So he's missing the whole point, and the headline reads "creepy cameraman.." instead of "Man draws focus on ubiquitous surveillance." His creepiness is confounded with the recording such that it's impossible to ply apart what part of the reaction is because of him and what part is because of his camera.
Hopefully it'll draw out the public discussion I assume he wants drawn out.
The newspaper article is quoting from the photography is not a crime blog:
According to photographyisnotacrime, the original youtube Creepy Cameraman uploader was itsrighttherenow which has been deleted for copyright infringement.
Here's a google cache of his youtube page:
That's as far down the rabbit hole as I could go to find the original source of this story.
[ Unless of course it was added in response to your comment, I guess. ]
And another one I saw a few years ago:
I basically live my life assuming I'm being recorded unless I'm in my own home. Just wait another 15 years and I'm sure the military will have developed bug-size (or smaller) cameras that can fly and will be nearly undetectable.
"The age of privacy is over."