Fortunately for everyone concerned about their privacy, Google released a statement on its Google+ page on Friday stating that it would not allow facial recognition on its Google Glass device. Although Google Glass director Steve Lee already made it clear that Google itself will not make use of facial recognition, this statement clarifies that third-party developers will also be required to adhere to the same rules and guidelines.
Google Glass has caused quite a stir among tech consumers, and most followers of the product have found the most notorious concern has been about facial recognition. This is because the device uses a constantly operational camera tied to the Internet, so the potential for facial recognition is a major privacy concern for anyone in the vicinity of a Google Glass user.
However, this decision does not mean that Google Glass will not allow such uses of the Google Glass technology in the future. The current Google Glass developer policies leave this possibility very open-ended.
“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.”
It is also possible that software with these functions is being developed unofficially. Lambda Labs recently experimented with an API that allows developers to create apps that use functions that allow the user to say phrases like “Remember that face.”
How do you feel about Google Glass officially releasing this statement? Do you believe that developers will find a way to get around the policies? Do you believe that Google will ever change the policies in the future? Are you worried about Google Glass users using facial recognition technology to look you up?