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CEO Larry Page laughs off Google Glass privacy issues

During last month's Google I/O conference, CEO Larry Page had little to say regarding Glass, mostly deferring to his co-founder Sergey Brin. Page also opted not to wear the device while delivering his keynote address.

Nevertheless, Page's enthusiasm for the innovative wearable computing device appears to be undiminished, based on comments reportedly made at a recent shareholders meeting at the company's California headquarters.

When questioned about Glass privacy, Page said, "People worry about all sorts of things that actually, when we use the product, it is not that big a concern," according to a report from AFP. "You don't collapse in terror that someone might be using Glass in the bathroom just the same as you don't collapse in terror when someone comes in with a smartphone that might take a picture."

Page is likely referring to a high-profile critique of Glass that recently appeared in the New York Times, in which the writer described a troubling encounter with Glass wearers in the bathroom of the Google I/O conference.

The issue of Glass as a potential threat to the public's privacy has become such a topic of debate that it even prompted members of Congress to draft a letter to Google calling for answers to the public's concerns. The letter, which requests a formal reply by 14 June, is the most formal response to Glass, a device that has divided many in the tech community over its potential impact on interpersonal relations.

The device has even drawn comments of skepticism from Apple CEO Tim Cook. "I think it's probably more likely to appeal to certain vertical markets," he said at D11. "I think the likelihood that it has a broad range appeal... that's tough to see."