U.S. Congress asks Larry Page if Google Glass infringes ‘on the privacy of the average American’

“For all that’s been said about the tremendous innovations of Google Glass, privacy concerns have only grown louder since the project’s introduction last year,” Chris Welch reports for The Verge. “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.'”

Welch reports, “The caucus asks Page ”how Google plans to prevent Google Glass from unintentionally collecting data about the user’ without permission. Non-Glass wearers (i.e. those in the camera’s path) are also addressed; Rep. Joe Barton [R-Texas] and his colleagues request information on any ‘proactive’ steps Google is taking to guard their right to privacy. Potential facial recognition capabilities are also a concern; the congressmen want to know if Glass is (or will be) capable of recognizing individuals and whether the public will have a way of opting out of such analysis… Page has been asked to provide his response to the inquiry no later than June 14th.”

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37 Comments

  1. It’s pretty much accepted legal theory that if you are out in public, there is no inherent right to privacy. I can photograph in public. I can videotape in public. I can listen in public.

    Google Glass seems to me to not be that much different in that respect.

  2. Photography and videography is completely legal in public spaces regardless of device. No-ones privacy is compromised in that situation. And just like in any private dwelling or area any image capture is at the discretion of the owners. The laws are adequate to manage GGlass.

    1. I’m not sure if existing laws are adequate or not, but the Supreme Court ruled many years ago that no one has an expectation of privacy when out in public. So I’m pretty sure any person’s concerns about their privacy when in the vicinity of a Google Glasshole are not going to be given much legal consideration.

      However, if I remember correctly, there may be a “loophole” for privacy, as the SC ruling did not give photographers carte blanche to photograph anyone and everyone without their permission… even in public… excepting under special circumstances such as news worthy events, or if they happened to be a celebrity/public figure.

      Pretty certain it will take another Supreme Court ruling to deal with Google Glass. Legislative attempts to deal with it will probably be challenged on First Amendment grounds at the very least.

  3. What a stupid question by Congress. Google main goal in life is to aggregate data from people on the internet, Android or any other Goople application used by the unsuspecting user.

  4. Googhoul glasses. Should need a government
    liscense to own and use. Perhaps an agency to regulate so we can watch the watchers((Watchmen?!) watch and analyze us!

  5. Well, it’s one thing to be captured in the background of some guy photographing his girlfriend at Disneyland, quite another to have some freak peering over your shoulder at the ATM recording your PIN.

  6. Google Glass: The biggest flop of this decade.

    In other words Congress, don’t worry, nobody will buy into this tech other than hardcore Android nerds so the privacy thing is a nonissue.

    Carry on.

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