When Google Glass was first unveiled, many of us were awed at the product. Glass serves as an excellent example of wearable computers. However, privacy concerns were cited by many since Glass comes with a camera. Google has now assured that we don’t have to worry about that.
The chief concern that was cited by many privacy activists was that while wearing Google Glass, a user can snap photos of anyone near him and then use facial recognition software to look the other person up on social media sites.
Although Google does plan to introduce facial recognition for the new gadget, the company has now assured that it wouldn’t be accepting any such apps for Glass which offer facial recognition.
According to a note posted by Google on G+, “As Google has said for several years, we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time.”
The company also updated its developer policies, telling the developer community: “Don’t use the camera or microphone to cross-reference and immediately present personal information identifying anyone other than the user, including use cases such as facial recognition and voice print. Applications that do this will not be approved at this time.”
This affirmation from Google may placate the privacy concerns of the users towards Google Glass. It remains to be seen what kind of protection Google offers in the coming days to allow the use of facial recognition apps on Glass.