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Google’s Glass response disappoints Congressman Joe Barton

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Tue Jul 02 2013, 09:46
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HARDWARE DESIGNER Google has sent a disappointing response to questions raised by a group of US congressmen about its Glass technology.

The legislators in the congressional bi-partisan privacy caucus sent Google a letter in mid-May asking it to explain its privacy policy for its Glass eyewear and giving it until mid-June to respond. Google responded, but not in a way that pleased the congressmen.

"I am disappointed in the responses we received from Google. There were questions that were not adequately answered and some not answered at all. Google Glass has the potential to change the way people communicate and interact," said Representative Joe Barton.

"When new technology like this is introduced that could change societal norms, I believe it is important that people's rights be protected and vital that privacy is built into the device. I look forward to continuing a working relationship with Google as Google Glass develops."

The congressmen put eight questions to Google CEO Larry Page, ranging from requests for detail about what data might be collected through whether non-users can opt out of being recognised by its technology.

The caucus has reproduced the response letter (PDF) that it received from Google. The web firm answered their questions, though perhaps the congressmen think that it danced around them.

Some of Google's responses are shorter than the questions asked. For example, one about whether Google might change or refine its privacy policy to reflect the Glass advancements, Google responded to with a simple "No". µ 

 

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