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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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. I think the technology is a part of the future. If that is Google glasses or a future version if it or from another manufacturer is to be seen. But the technology itself is interesting. And if Google glasses is “tremendous innovation” remains to be seen. Google has te capacity to identify people and photos and if that us made possible by Google or any other program privacy will probably be at risk. So goe will probably have to control what program’s can run on this and that is not in their nature. If identifying people is made possible a system to opt out would be impossible.

  5. His ever. I think it is rather naive to ask Gogle if their product invades privacy… To them nothing they do does. But of course, we all know that their entire business rely upon infringing on people’s privacy.

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