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Google Glass Privacy Policy Under Scrutiny by US Congress

by On May 18, 2013

google glass privacy Google was served a letter from the US Congress in which an explanation is demanded regarding the Google Glass privacy policy. The letter was signed by 8 US Congress members of the Congressional caucus and it contains eight blunt questions about the security and privacy of the information recorded by the gadget. The US Congressional caucus has questioned other companies in the past on the same matter, since the average American citizen is very concerned when it comes to matters of personal privacy, let me quote from the letter: “We are curious whether this new technology could infringe on the privacy of the average American,” end quote. This group contains members from both the Republican and Democratic Party and the main concern is that Google Glass privacy policy doesn’t seem to exist, at least until now. The Google Glass privacy seems to be almost impossible to achieve, because everything a user sees while wearing the Glass is recorded and is potentially infringing on someone’s right to personal life, especially if the gadget becomes a commercial success. Google has in its past some serious issues regarding unauthorized collection of private data, I am talking here about the “Google Street View” scandal. If you don’t know what that is, Google was caught sniffing unprotected Wi-Fi networks while collecting data for Google Street View and it was forced to pay fines. Actually it was just a slap on the wrist, but this shows that Google’s past when it comes to privacy matters is not pink at all. The Congressional caucus is asking now for Google Glass privacy policy in order to be sure that something similar will not happen in the future. Google has until 14 of June to respond to the letter, and it was asked how it will update its privacy policies, in order to include the capabilities of its newest gadget.   Source : BBC        

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