April 19, 2014

Does Google Glass Infringe on Privacy?

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The Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus today wrote a letter to CEO Larry Page asking the CEO to clear up once and for all “whether this new technology could infringe on the privacy of the average American.” In a bi-partisan manner, Barton’s letter was co-signed by Representative John Barrow (D-GA), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), Rep. Richard Nugent (R-FL), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

The law makers are really concerned about 3 main components of Google Glass:

When using Google Glass, is it true that this product would be able to use Facial Recognition Technology to unveil personal information about whomever and even some inanimate objects that the user is viewing? Would a user be able to request such information? Can a non-user or human subject opt out of this collection of personal data? If so, how? If not, why not?


In Google’s privacy policy, it states that the company “may collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information including phone number).” Would Google Glass collect any data about the user without the user’s knowledge and consent? If so, why? If not, please explain.


Will Google Glass have the capacity to store any data on the device itself? If so, will Google Glass implement some sort of user authentication system to safeguard stored data? If not, why not? If so, please explain.

Google I/O has just finished over the past 3 days  and during one of the Google I/O chats a privacy question was asked to the Google Glass Team. The Glass team indicated that Glass does have facial recognition however there are also indicators on Glass to let people know that they are being recorded.

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