Concerned data protection officials write to Google CEO to discuss privacy on Glass

Google Glass is undoubtedly, among the search giant's most ambitious projects in recent times and in addition to innumerable reports in the past about how

Google Glass is undoubtedly among the search giant's most ambitious projects in recent times. And in addition to innumerable reports in the past about how useful Glass would be in a particular situation, or how beneficial a certain app would be, there has been some buzz on the privacy concerns about Glass too.  

News has it that ten government privacy and data protection officials from seven countries have written to Larry Page, Google CEO, asking the latter to "address privacy concerns" pertaining to Glass. A blog post on New York Times says that the letter was sent by 10 commissioners from Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Israel and Switzerland.

Concerned data protection officials write to Google CEO to discuss privacy on Glass

Privacy concerns raised

 

Among the issues raised in the letter, the officials said that they would want to know about the "privacy implications" of Glass, and the methods Google would undertake to ensure that it does violate privacy rights of Glass wearers the world over. Moving on, they even mentioned their insecurities about "ubiquitous surveillance" and what Google would do with the data the devices collect. The officials added that Google hadn't approached data protection authorities to discuss the privacy implications of Glass.

The officials have additionally sought a demo of Google Glass. “Would Google be willing to demonstrate the device to our offices and allow any interested data protection authorities to test it?” they asked in the letter.

Recently, a letter from the US Congress to the Google CEO sought answers to questions like whether Glass could breach the privacy of an average American.

During one of its recent conference sessions – an open discussion about Glass – members of the Glass team answered a question about privacy by noting that social implications and etiquette have been a big area of focus during the development of the product, which is still a test version.                                                                               

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