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June 3, 2013

'Don't be creepy': Google Glass won't allow face recognition

Imagine being able to pull up someone's name, social-media profile and Google search results just by looking at them while wearing a pair of smart glasses. Now stop imagining it. Google says face-recognition apps won't be allowed on Google Glass anytime soon. In a Google plus post on Saturday, the company announced:

When we started the [Google Glass] 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.

Google had already said it had no immediate plans to offer face-recognition software for Glass. But it left things open-ended enough that people continued to freak out about the possibility. Last month a Congressional committee on privacy wrote Google an open letter explicitly asking whether Glass would have "facial recognition capabilities." The controversy came to a head last week, when the San Francisco startup Lambda Labs announced that it would offer a facial-recognition programming interface for app developers working on Glass. Lambda Labs' Stephen Balaban said at the time that he didn't see anything in the Google Glass terms of service that would prohibit using the device to recognize people's faces in photos or videos.

There is now. In addition to the announcement, Google has updated its app-developer policies for Glass to include the following clause:

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.

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