Google Glass: privacy fears continue

The Guardian | July 2, 2013

By Jemima Kiss

Google’s claim that it will not need to alter its privacy policy to reflect the impact of its new Glass product has been met with scorn by US authorities.

Senator Joe Barton, who co-founded the congressional bi-partisan privacy caucus, sent a detailed letter of concern to Google in May asking the company to clarify how Glass users’ data would be protected, as well as the privacy of non-users who could be identified through technology including facial recognition.

In a lengthy reply, Google’s vice-president of public policy and government relations, Susan Molinari, emphasised that Glass is in a trial phase, that there are no plans for facial recognition to be introduced and that existing privacy policies will protect users and non-users.

Barton was not impressed, releasing the following statement on Monday night: “I am disappointed in the responses we received from Google. There were questions that were not adequately answered and some not answered at all.

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