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Australian privacy watchdog wants answers on Google Glass

Has requested face to face meetings over privacy
Tue Apr 23 2013, 14:50
Google Glass is now available in the UK for 1000

THE AUSTRALIAN Federal privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has requested a meeting with Google and a chat about what sort of impact Google Glass might have on privacy.

Pilgrim was talking with The Australian Financial Review when he said that he could see both benefits and potential problems with the eyewear technology.

"Along with benefits, these technologies also present a number of potential risks to privacy, especially when combined with other emerging technologies like facial recognition and augmented reality," he said.

"At this early stage, the full implications of this technology, such as how people will use it, and for what purposes, are unclear. I have requested a briefing from Google."

Google Glass is still the stuff of talk, rather than actual practice, and because of its nature it has already been banned in a number of locations.

Steel yourself then for the news that you probably won't be allowed to wear interactive, recording eyeglasses in strip clubs and casinos.

New South Wales privacy commissioner Elizabeth Coombs added that the technology could be used to record images of people without their consent.

"We have become familiar with the recording capacity of mobile phones and cameras, so when we see someone using these devices, we understand that there is a possibility that they are recording vision and sound around them," she said.

"With Google Glass, very few people will know that what appears from a distance to be an ordinary pair of glasses could be used to record and directly broadcast their images, conversations and actions." µ


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