CIO Today

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
Daily Briefing for Technology's Top Decision-Makers
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Sunday, April 20th 
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Enterprise Software
Enterprise Hardware
Big Data
Network Security
Cloud Computing
CRM Systems
Data Storage
Operating Systems
Communications
CIO Issues
Mobile Tech
Chips & Processors
World Wide Web
Business Briefing
After Hours
Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Mobile Tech

Google Glass Raises Congressional Privacy Concerns

Google Glass Raises Congressional Privacy Concerns
May 17, 2013 3:50PM

Bookmark and Share
"We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues," Steve Lee, director of Google Glass, told I/O attendees. "Our Glass Explorer program, which reaches people from all walks of life, will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology."

Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.

The buzz around Google Glass continues, but it's not all good. Some in Congress are raising privacy issues around the futuristic product.

Eight members of the House Privacy Caucus sent a letter to Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page. They have some questions about the privacy aspects of Google Glass. And they want answers.

"As members of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, we are curious whether this new technology could infringe on the privacy of average Americans," the letter says. "Because Google Glass has not yet been released and we are uncertain of Google's plans to incorporate privacy protections into the device, there are still a number of answered questions that we share."

Congressional Questions

The caucus then puts forth eight questions:

1. How does Google plan to prevent Google Glass from unintentionally collecting data about the user/non-user without consent?

2. What proactive steps is Google taking to protect the privacy of non-users when Google Glass is in use? Are product lifecycle guidelines and frameworks, such as Privacy By Design, being implemented in connection with its product design and commercialization?

3. When using Google Glass, is it true that this product would be able to use Facial Recognition Technology to unveil personal information about whomever and even some inanimate objects that the user is viewing? Would a user be able to request such information? Can a non-user or human subject opt out of this collection of personal data? If so, how? If not, why not?

4. Would Google place limits on the technology and what type of information it can reveal about another person? If so, explain. If not, why not?

5. Given Google Glass's sensory and processing capabilities, has Google considered making any additions or refinements to its privacy policy? If so, explain. If not, why not?

6. Would [device-specific] information be collected from users operating Google Glass? If so, what specific information is Google intending to collect? Would Google Glass collect any data about the user without the user's knowledge and consent? If so, why? If not, please explain.

7. To what extent was privacy considered in approving this app? Is Google planning to make privacy a priority for future app developers? If not, why not? If so, please explain.

8. Will Google Glass have the capacity to store any data on the device itself? If so, will Google Glass implement some sort of user authentication system to safeguard stored data? If not, why not? If so, please explain.

Does Google Have Answers?

Steve Lee, director of Glass, told Google I/O attendees that privacy was top of mind when designing Google Glass. Google also released a statement: "We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues. Our Glass Explorer program, which reaches people from all walks of life, will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology."

We caught up with Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. He told us Google is getting ever closer to being regulated. In fact, he said, regulation could be the next step.

"Google's disregard for privacy is resulting in a pretty heavy focus by the government," Enderle said. "If Google had gotten ahead of this problem, they wouldn't be getting letters like this. So it's like Google is walking kind of blindly into the trap that they set for Microsoft years ago."

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

MAnonymus:

Posted: 2013-07-02 @ 4:40am PT
That way the NSA can constantly track you. Soon comes mind control.

Judy Walters:

Posted: 2013-05-26 @ 5:57pm PT
In response to the article Google Glass Raises Congressional Privacy Concerns, News Factor.
There are several pro's and con's with the new Google glasses.
The voice activated glasses can give you directions, locate restaurants,information when sight seeing and call 911 if you have an emergency. Which can be helpful when traveling.
On a negative note there is the invasion of privacy issue with the glasses. The glasses can video tape and take pictures without the person being photographed or taped realizing it. That is unless they are in close proximity and can see the light on the camera.
So with the glasses there should be strict guidelines to the usage restricting invading others privacy.

R Roberts:

Posted: 2013-05-26 @ 11:02am PT
I believe the glasses would be very cool. it will help a lot of us who are not very good with current tech.

j walters:

Posted: 2013-05-25 @ 9:10pm PT
There are several pros and cons with the new Google glasses. The glasses on a positive note could prove to be very helpful. They could help with giving directions,assisting with site seeing and call 911 through a voice activated device.
On a more negative note there is the privacy issue. A person wearing the glasses can easily use them as spy wear which is a big issue with privacy. They can video and take pictures without permission. There are already so many privacy issues with computers and identity theft. Do we really want to add another concern?

Daniel Tanner Seay:

Posted: 2013-05-24 @ 8:39pm PT
Although Google has came up with an almost revolutionary idea, this seems to pose many uncontrollable privacy threats. Yes Google can say they are taking all the necessary precautions when it comes to privacy yet if they try to control it to where the majority of citizens do not feel personally insecure or violated, I feel that Google Glass will not be near as revolutionary as it has potential to be.



 Mobile Tech
1. Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
2. Galaxy S5 Phone: Less Can Be More
3. Beware: Facebook Shares Your Locale
4. Android Gets Chrome Remote Desktop
5. Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked




 Most Popular Articles
1. BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Nasty Spat
2. Cisco, IBM Launch Internet of Things Consortium
3. Salesforce CRM Gets Industry Specific for Internet of Customers
4. Intel Bets on Cloudera for Big Data Analytics
5. SAP HANA Data Warehouse App Gets Faster Analytics




 Random Bytes
Android Gets Chrome Remote Desktop Ups and Downs with Google Glass
Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows WordPress Parent Buys Longreads

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  Galaxy S5 Phone: Less Can Be More
  Heartbleed Exploit Could Cost Millions
  Poll: A Mix of Feelings on Future Tech
  Google, Rockstar Suit Stays in Calif.
  Michaels: Nearly 3M Cards Breached

 Technology Marketplace
Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Enterprise Hardware
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
CIO Today
Home/Top News | Enterprise Software | Enterprise Hardware | Big Data | Network Security | Cloud Computing | CRM Systems
Data Storage | Operating Systems | Communications | CIO Issues | Mobile Tech | Chips & Processors | World Wide Web
Business Briefing | After Hours | Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 CIO Today. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.