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Posted 16 May 2013 - 22:00

For all that's been said about the tremendous innovations of Google Glass, privacy concerns have only grown louder since the project's introduction last year. As Google's Explorer Edition continues its staggered rollout, Congress is finally seeking answers. The Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus today wrote a letter to CEO Larry Page asking the CEO to clear up once and for all "whether this new technology could infringe on the privacy of the average American."

"Because Google Glass has not yet been released and we are uncertain of Google's plans to incorporate privacy protections into the device," the letter reads, "there are still a number of unanswered questions that we share." The first question revolves around a sore spot in Google's history: the unauthorized collection of personal data from Wi-Fi networks by the company's Street View cars — which led to an $7 million settlement with US states and fines overseas. The caucus asks Page "how Google plans to prevent Google Glass from unintentionally collecting data about the user" without permission. Non-Glass wearers (i.e. those in the camera's path) are also addressed; Rep. Joe Barton and his colleagues request information on any "proactive" steps Google is taking to guard their right to privacy.

Potential facial recognition capabilities are also a concern; the congressmen want to know if Glass is (or will be) capable of recognizing individuals and whether the public will have a way of opting out of such analysis. Further, the caucus asks Google to detail the types of user information it's pulling in from Glass, along with any changes to Google's privacy policy that have been considered as Glass evolves into a consumer-facing product. Information pertaining to data protection and developer guidelines are also requested. Page has been asked to provide his response to the inquiry no later than June 14th.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/16/4338104/congress-asks-larry-page-if-google-glass-infringes-on-privacy

Really dont see the problem here. Glass gets is connectivity from the phone and cell phones are everywhere. Really no different from a cell phone and its obvious you are wearing a camera on your head.

And please keep the topic clean. TY.


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 22:09

http://www.theverge....nges-on-privacy

Really dont see the problem here. Glass gets is connectivity from the phone and cell phones are everywhere. Really no different from a cell phone and its obvious you are wearing a camera on your head.

And please keep the topic clean. TY.


Google glasses get jailbroken, custom app install, now you have some nut job taking photos of women and uploading them onto r\creepshot. While i think they are amazing and great, im a bit 50/50 on them.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 22:11

Google glasses get jailbroken, custom app install, now you have some nut job taking photos of women and uploading them onto r\creepshot. While i think they are amazing and great, im a bit 50/50 on them.


You mean rooting...and the same thing can and does happen to phones and cameras. People get caught taking up skirt shots and shots of women in private areas. Nothing new.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 22:12

Google glasses get jailbroken, custom app install, now you have some nut job taking photos of women and uploading them onto r\creepshot. While i think they are amazing and great, im a bit 50/50 on them.


You have that already with camera phones...and I'm pretty sure those are much easier to use (for the purpose you posted) than Google Glasses.

As to Congresses question: no, this does not infringe on privacy.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 22:13

What's to stop people buying things like this?

http://www.amazon.co...&pf_rd_i=468294

People are making a huge deal out of nothing.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 22:35

You have that already with camera phones...and I'm pretty sure those are much easier to use (for the purpose you posted) than Google Glasses.

As to Congresses question: no, this does not infringe on privacy.


umm wearing glasses you point and shoot! phone you need to make sure you don't look like your taking a photo!

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 22:42

What's to stop people buying things like this?

http://www.amazon.co...&pf_rd_i=468294

People are making a huge deal out of nothing.

umm wearing glasses you point and shoot! phone you need to make sure you don't look like your taking a photo!


http://www.brickhous.../spy glasses.do
http://www.alibaba.c...era_hidden.html

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 22:43

google glass is a hoax

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 22:52

umm wearing glasses you point and shoot! phone you need to make sure you don't look like your taking a photo!

And how do you propose you are going to get an upskirt shot with Google Glasses, as opposed to a camera phone...?

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 23:22

And how do you propose you are going to get an upskirt shot with Google Glasses, as opposed to a camera phone...?


Im not talking about Upskirts! im talking about photo shots in general. Say people wear the glasses at the beach, lots of pretty girls laying around in there outfits! oh what about the local waterpark.

http://betabeat.com/...lice-subreddit/

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 23:33

Google Glass?

Do you see what I see?
Do you hear what I hear?

Google Does! (/s)

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 00:02

Im not talking about Upskirts! im talking about photo shots in general. Say people wear the glasses at the beach, lots of pretty girls laying around in there outfits! oh what about the local waterpark.

http://betabeat.com/...lice-subreddit/


Cameras in glasses are nothing new. They have been around for a long time. And most other ones, the camera is tiny and hidden. It is quite obvious you re wearing Google Glasses.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 00:24

Probably. You have some creep in a store or restaurant with Google Glass pointing it at women's cleavages then uploading photos to the web.

Or. Men's bathrooms. Creeps walking in wearing Google Glass video recording of guys taking a leak right next to them - which they do now too but have to hide the phones etc.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 00:27

POT KETTLE BLACK

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 00:51

Probably. You have some creep in a store or restaurant with Google Glass pointing it at women's cleavages then uploading photos to the web.

Or. Men's bathrooms. Creeps walking in wearing Google Glass video recording of guys taking a leak right next to them - which they do now too but have to hide the phones etc.


If you're wearing Google Glass on your face, your head will have to be turned so that you're staring at the woman's cleavage, or at the man's ****. There's nothing stealthy about it.

You can buy cheaper spy equipment that would be way more effective and less easily noticed.