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Congress worries about Google Glass and privacy rights

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Congress worries about Google Glass and privacy rights
Worries about Google Glass infringing on U.S. citizen's privacy rights was the subject of a meeting Thursday in Washington D.C. between eight members of Congress and Google CEO Larry Page. A letter, signed by members of the congressional bipartisan 'privacy caucus, asked what safeguards Google built into the specs to "prevent Google Glass from unintentionally collecting data about the user/non-user without consent." Not yet available to the general public, Google sold a number of the devices to developers at last year's Google I/O developer conference at $1500 a pop. 8000 winners of the #IfIHadGlass" contest also received the specs, which can take photographs and videos of people around the Glass wearer.

Congress is worried about Google Glass infringing on privacy rights

Congress is worried about Google Glass infringing on privacy rights

According to the lead project manager of Google Glass, Steve Lee, Google will not allow applications to be offered for the device if they allow Glass to record information without lighting up its small screen. "Privacy was top of mind as we designed the product," Lee said. The executive added that "From the beginning we’ve been thinking about the social implications…not only for people wearing Glass but for people who aren’t." Earlier this year, a Seattle bar called The 5 Point Cafe banned Google Glass from the establishment. Owner Dave Meinert said that no patron of the place would want his picture taken at the "seedy bar" and posted online. But considering that Google has arranged for the display to light up when Google Glass is active, subjects of photographs and videos should be able to determine if they are "in the picture".

The letter from Congress asks for a response from Google by June 14th and also asks the company if it is building any safeguards so that information stored on the device cannot be accessed by others. While the Explorer edition of Google Glass, which is the model that the developers have been using, is easily hackable by design, Googler Lee says that the device will not be an easy mark for hackers.

source: WSJ via TheVerge

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posted on 16 May 2013, 21:41 11

1. pongkie (Posts: 496; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


actually I would love to have Google glass to use it against dirty politicians and other corrupt government officials.

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:15 6

4. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


thats exactly what they are thinking when they say "privacy"

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:33 3

7. Pings (Posts: 300; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Congress worries about privacy!!!??? How about they give us our privacy back before worrying Google Glasses. End the parrot act!

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin

posted on 16 May 2013, 23:28

14. JunkCreek (Posts: 399; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Very great device for Indonesian piliticians MUST EQUIPED dan RECORDED device when they're on meeting

posted on 16 May 2013, 23:41 1

15. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Good one lol hahaha, especially for the police

posted on 19 May 2013, 22:56

22. JunkCreek (Posts: 399; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


must have for bikers and drivers, especially truck drivers and public transportation drivers, A MUST ON AND RECORD DEVICE.

so officer can now easily to judge which person do wrong and also Trans Jakarta can now uploading to You Tube that IT IS bikers and walkers who always "blocking and crossing" busway.

posted on 20 May 2013, 05:31

23. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


hahaha i'd wager the house of representive is gonna buy tons of glasses to watch porn LMFAO

posted on 17 May 2013, 01:22 3

17. Dr.Phil (Posts: 894; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


They would much rather you believe that Google Glass is a bigger invasion of privacy versus those spy drones that now have the authority to spy on American citizens from 20,000 feet in the air.

posted on 17 May 2013, 12:31

20. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Now corrupted by Microsoft and Apple: they are furious because all the real innovations come from Google and the only defence they are capable of are litigations and FUD

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:05 9

2. vandroid (Posts: 251; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


REALLY??????????? Congress is worried about privacy??

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:08

3. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


The difference between this and having my phone out recording you?

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:27 1

6. Hemlocke (unregistered)


A lot, actually. Conspicuous move versus a nearly unseen gesture.

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:36 2

9. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


what if I have an app that hides the fact im using the camera?

posted on 16 May 2013, 23:04 2

12. GhostBear (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


There are already privacy laws on the books that adequately cover glass. We don't need to waste time and money on superfluous laws. Besides, the Supreme Court has already ruled time and again: There is no expectation of privacy in a public setting.

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:16 2

5. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


"Worried" about the Google Glass privacy "issue" because it doesn't benefit them or allow them to do it to us without consent..

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:35 1

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6761; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeah, okay, Congress. In the meantime, the AP wonders about its privacy...

I've said it before and I'll say it again: if this were an Apple product, no one would give a s**t.

posted on 16 May 2013, 23:03

11. GhostBear (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Actually AP scandal was the Executive Branch, not the Legislative. Coincidence that Tim Cook was Michelle Obama's guest of honor at the Presidential Inauguration? Then a Michelle Obama Fashion App appears for iOS.

posted on 16 May 2013, 23:11

13. Sniggly (Posts: 6761; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The government was still involved, and so far I don't think Congress has had much to say on the AP scandal.

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:59 3

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Politicians trying to protect their dirty deeds, also anyone else remember the complaints from law enforcement about cell phones with cameras hindering officers from doing their jobs? Those in authority are incredible when it comes to protecting themselves but the public must remain vulnerable to anything they dish out.

posted on 17 May 2013, 00:52 2

16. Sharky (Posts: 102; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


This is laughable... like IDK. Extremely laughable. Hey Congress why don't you stop trying to pass laws to invade our online privacy like SOPA and CISPA. Then you can talk about Google Glass having a privacy problem.

posted on 17 May 2013, 03:16 2

18. boosook (Posts: 929; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


apple and microsoft are lobbying…

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:04 1

19. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Since when the hell is Congress worried about American rights?!?

posted on 17 May 2013, 17:06

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6215; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Congress are a bunch of greedy fools. I would love to have. GOOGLE GLASS. I'll use them too expose their secrets

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