Saturday

Reigning In Google Glass

Google seems to be well aware of the brewing privacy kerfuffle surrounding their forthcoming Glass project - their wearable smart device. Concerns have been raised that a device that can take surreptitious photos in public places could create problems - in fact someone already coined the term "glassholes" to describe such Glass users. Google is making a bit of a stand for privacy by explicitly disallowing facial recognition apps for the product, and they also specified that the display can't be disabled while using the camera (disabling the display would disguise the fact that the camera was being used).
It explained in a Google+ update: “As Google has said for several years, we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time.”

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