Before Google Glass Takes Off, It’s Gonna Have To Get Past Congress First
Google Glass makes it easy for wearers to surreptitiously take pictures or video of unknowing subjects. Unfortunately for Google, that’s caused more than a few people to ask: What does Glass mean for our privacy? Now Congress wants answers as well.
Eight members of Congress’ bi-partisan privacy caucus sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page Thursday seeking answers about Glass’ privacy implications:
- Will Glass collect users’ data without their consent?
- What steps are being taken to protect non-users’ privacy?
- Will Glass offer facial recognition to identify non-users and display information about them?
- What restrictions is Google placing on Glass and Glass apps?
- Will Glass store data on the device, and will it offer user authentication?
The lawmakers gave Page until June 14 to reply.
“We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues,” said a Google spokesperson when asked for comment about the letter. “Our Glass Explorer program, which reaches people from all walks of life, will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology.”
Several establishments, including movie theaters, casinos and at least one bar in Seattle have already banned Glass over privacy concerns. Are you worried about Google Glass’ impact on your privacy? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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