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Congress Grills Google Glass

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5/18/2013 6:28:49 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
The referenced document is an inquiry from Congress to Google asking how Google intends to protect the privacy of citizens when face recognition technology can be used to identify and display personal info on people viewed with the virtual reality (VR) devices.

The idea of using VR to annotate the world has been around for more than two decades, and prototypes were build at M.I.T. and elsewhere years ago.

Congress has it backwards. It's not Google's job to protect privacy; insofar as anyone has the responsibility, it is the job of Congress. If someone has voluntarily posted their picture and personal info on the internet, I don't see how they can claim privacy when someone like Google uses the info. What could be protected is information disclosed in confidence to doctors, financial institutions, and, most important, government. For example, the IRS has the responsibility of determining how much subsidy you are entitled to receive for health insurance under Obamacare.

The Google technology would enable known perverts to be identified and flagged in real time. Maybe that's why some legislators want to suppress the technology ...