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Google Glass Forbids Apps Using Facial Recognition Sofware Until Further Notice

by On June 1, 2013

google glass Google said no to Facial Recognition Apps for its Google Glass gadget today, in an official company posting on Google+ social network. Well, at least until they will have protection in their device, in order to prevent its user to abuse someone else’s privacy. I am not sure how they will manage to sort that thing out, but we will see soon enough. So, at the moment, developers are officially forbidden to make apps with facial recognition software for the Glass. The present solution is somehow hilarious, as Google advised the Glass users to reject any Glassware which has such apps on. They are betting on the kindness of the human heart, sort of speak, just like when Google’s engineers showed people how to root/hack their own Glass and void the warranty in the process; ok, truth be told after the show ended, they advised against it. Yeah right, I am sure this strategy will work like clockwork! Since the Google Glass was launched, privacy concerns surfaced all around the place. Well, I can relate to that, I am sure that if you wear that gizmo, you will be tempted to record everything everywhere you go, in full HD. And even worse, if you have facial recognition software installed on the Google Glass, which can match your picture with your Google+/Facebook profile, you can say goodbye to anonymity wherever you go. Not to mention the security of the data, you will never know who uses it and for what. google glass There are already places in the US which forbid clients to use Google Glass on their premises. And Google was asked by the Congress itself to change its privacy policy, especially when it comes to the use of the Google Glass, which they did, let me quote on that: When we started the Explorer Program nearly a year ago our goal was simple: we wanted to make people active participants in shaping the future of this technology ahead of a broader consumer launch.  We’ve been listening closely to you, and many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass. 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. We’ve learned a lot from you in just a few weeks and we’ll continue to learn more as we update the software and evolve our policies in the weeks and months ahead.

  1. Don’t use the camera or microphone to cross-reference and immediately present personal information identifying anyone other than the user, including use cases such as facial recognition and voice print. Applications that do this will not be approved at this time.

  It remains to be seen how things will evolve in the future, for now Google made the first steps in addressing privacy concerns, the story doesn’t stop here. We will keep you informed with future developments on the issue.   Source : Google      

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