Google Won’t Approve Facial Recognition Apps For Google Glass


Google has announced on its official Project Glass Google+ page that it will not be approving applications for Google Glass that utilize facial recognition technology at this time due to privacy issues.

As you are probably aware, the consumer release of Google Glass is still several months away, but there are still a lot of people with the Explorer Edition of Glass who have privacy concerns with the built-in facial recognition that need to be addressed.

Obviously, as Google released the Explorer Edition of Glass to accumulate feedback, it claims it is acknowledging and addressing the feedback from early users of Glass and that it will be evolving its policy on facial recognition in the coming months.

But anyone who has done their research on Glass will know that with a little bit of hacking, non-approved Glassware (including facial recognition) could easily be installed onto the device anyway.

The full article that Google posted on its official Project Glass Google+ page can be seen below.

When we started the Explorer Program nearly a year ago our goal was simple: we wanted to make people active participants in shaping the future of this technology ahead of a broader consumer launch. We’ve been listening closely to you, and many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass. 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.

We’ve learned a lot from you in just a few weeks and we’ll continue to learn more as we update the software and evolve our policies in the weeks and months ahead.

If you would like to view the post on Google’s official Project Glass Google+ page, be sure to hit the source link below.