This week, Google received a concerned letter from eight members of Congress who form a bipartisan “privacy caucus” and are worried about the privacy implications of Google Glass, the company's wearable augmented reality glasses.
So, what were they concerned about? Mainly, how the technology might infringe on the privacy of average people. Considering the fact that the current version enables users to secretly film or photograph people (yes, much like a smartphone), I can understand their concern. (In fact, one Glass developer is already claiming that he's created an app that lets Glass wearers snap pictures just by blinking their eye. Crazy!) And Glass' capabilities might grow to include facial recognition technology, which brings up a whole host of other questions.
In the meantime, Google has until June 14 to answer the following:
[W]e would like to know how Google plans to prevent Google Glass from unintentionally collecting data about the user/non-user without consent?
Would Google place limits on the technology and what type of information it can reveal about another person?
What proactive steps is Google taking to protect the privacy of non-users when Google Glass is in use?
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?