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Google Caves to Privacy Concerns, Wipes Glass of Facial Recognition Features

Google Caves to Privacy Concerns, Wipes Glass of Facial Recognition Features

Put away the pitchforks, privacy advocates, or at least take a break from sharpening the tips. Google has heard your cries loud and clear in regards to its Glass project and has decided that, for the time being, it will not include facial recognition technologies. So sayeth the Glass team on the project's Google+ account.

"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," the Glass team stated. "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."

Google Glass
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Google left the door open to adding facial recognition technologies in the future, but only after it's comfortable with whatever privacy protections it decides to bake in. Until then, the lack of such a feature should at least partially placate privacy advocates, though there's still the issue of being recorded without consent, especially in locales such as public restrooms.
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Called this one~! Too much to go wrong, more invasive than fb.

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It would seem this is much ado about nothing. I can go to the local spy shop and buy a camera for a dollar two ninety-eight that is unnoticeable by the average observer that has a wireless connection to my phone. I can put this in a button or in my pocket or even gasp eyeglasses. I can download a face recognition app to my phone.

You're too late.

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Yep, too much can go wrong. Someone sees someone attractive from across the room, gets her name, a quick search and "Hi remember me from ?

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Whats wrong with that? I see a pretty girl across the room, I'm gunna want to know more about her. I can either go up to her and talk, or maybe she has her "Beacon (all rights reserved)" activated. Anyone who wants to know more about her can go to "Beacon.com" and see that she is Barbra Smith whom likes golf and swimming. She is not interested in dating and is married with 3 kids. She does however own a real estate agency which is why her face looks so familiar to you because you met her last year at the conference in FL. If Barbra does not want to play this game, she can choose not to belong to "Beacon.com" and thus nobody will find a profile for her. What's wrong with any of that? Barbra can not avoid the facial recognition in her neighbors minds though so her right to privacy is limited into how big her world is. How global does she reach out of her home? How many windows are on Barbra's home (more windows suggests more openness and less secrets)?

This argument is not what real privacy is about anyway. Real privacy is the privilege of not having the state enter your home when you choose to behave in ways you would not want others to see. I think what we are really talking about is the realization that we can no longer hide our misbehaviors from each other. Many of us regret the choices we made because we thought we could burn bridges and move on. This will no longer be the case moving forward so we must all now learn how to act at home the way we would in public. When that happens, nobody will care that our government has a detailed map of every micro second of our life.

There is a lot more at stake here then just a silly pair of glasses that you will likely just sit on in your car at the next opportunity.

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How naive can you be.

Yes, you can go to your rinky-dink spy shop and get a rinky-dink spy camera. Or you could even fork out thousands of dollars for one.

But I guarantee you this: You do not have the power of Google. You do not have the massive facial recognition database that Google (and Facebook) now have as a result of their social networks.

Think about it. With Google Glass, it is technologically possible *right now* to start storing the GPS location of every face matched with facial recognition. That gets stored into a database somewhere.

Have you NOT been reading the news? The FBI can force Google to hand over private records any time they want, without a warrant. It's happening right now.

Next time, do the math.

>>By KaliberImaging on Jun 1, 2013

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>>It would seem this is much ado about nothing. I can go to the local spy shop and buy a camera for a dollar two

>> ninety-eight that is unnoticeable by the average observer that has a wireless connection to my phone. I can put

>> this in a button or in my pocket or even gasp eyeglasses. I can download a face recognition app to my phone.

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>>You're too late.

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What are you hiding Hawtharley? If the government wasn't interested in locking you up for your misdeeds (a separate issue), would you care that everyone knew what you were doing and where you were doing it? What activity can you do that's best done in secret and is good for you and me alike? If you think your thin veils of secrecy and propriety shield you for the signs of your behavior, you are wrong. Your home is no longer a sanctuary for misdeeds. The fact that a computer or pair of eyeglasses can spot that you are some place or doing something you shouldn't, should not be the blame for your choice to do something you would be ashamed to have others discover. If you don't cause the FBI to want to look at you, why do you care that the FBI knows where you live? Your bank knows where you live, so does your Grandma for that matter and likely your boss does too, so why not the FBI, NSA, George W. and all the like?

What your waking up to realize is that people will discover more easily the behaviors you wish to hide. The solution is to act in such ways as to avoid secrets. Either A) be more open about your vices or B) stop your vices.

Not that this describes anyone here but, the Catholic church used to be a haven for dark and secret behaviors until light was shown in those corners and now that behavior is gone for the most part. Home prisons are occurring less and less because of technology and paying closer attention to neighbors. Children are being reunited with their families because of technology and awareness programs like Amber Alert. etc... Work places have discovered on their own, ways to determine drug usage, family, credit and work history's.

By and far, most of the younger users have no problems sharing this type of information. They grew up in such a way as to not be concerned that the world is aware of their location and activities at all times. They actually enjoy the connected feeling of each others day to day life and will often pony up freely anything and everything asked of them by a web page including the last date, time and location of their last pap smere.

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BobSmith that's hilarious. I can't tell if you're brow beating me or writing this tongue in cheek, you're just that good.

To tell me right to my face that I should quit my "vices" or behaviors I wish to hide, I'll just take this to the logical conclusion (because you didn't do the math, or at least you failed to show your work).

If you feel you're morals pair up one to one with whatever the government wants you to do right now, then welcome to the matrix. History has shown that government betrays its people, and will continue to, and this technology will be used against people who are absolutely doing no wrong.

Take a second to think about what right and wrong really are, please. It's not just what is written into the laws.

Imagine if the Nazi's had this facial recognition technology tied to a Google database. Imagine how "efficient" things could have been then. This is a tool which is ripe for abuse in ways I can imagine, not to mention the many more than I cannot.

Thank you and good night.

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Ah, you took the bait, I even marked ( )'s so you would know not to touch it. The vice statement is as you say jumping to conclusions, but it served it's purpose.

First off, any behavior you wish to exhibit that is contrary to the wishes of the government is likely not a behavior you probably want to be doing for any number of reasons based on the behavior in question. If as you say the government is acting amorally themselves, then that makes you a martyr my friend and not only does the world love a good martyr, but so does God Himself (as I understand it).

How much should a government monitor moral behavior in the first place? I think we are still attempting to answer this question, it will just take longer then 1 or 2 generations to decide. Prohibition some times, for somethings, other times it's not. You seem educated, I'm sure you know where I'm going with this line of thinking. alcohol / pot / caffeine / various industrial chems BPA, floride, CO2

The fact that the state is more expeditious in exercising it's authority should be a good thing. Wanted posters should be a thing of the past. We should never again have to hear on the news that 3 armed escapees are on the loose in your county. The state knowing where you are at all times, should serve to you as a good reminder, that all things are observed at all times. Assume your conversations are taped and that somebody will be watching your activities at all times. That means that when life presents you with opportunities you should choose the path as though it were a committee of peers helping you make the decision. Act as if your mother were standing right beside you. Then what have you to fear?

You got to love those Nazi's...they sure knew how to commit violations of human rights. Thankfully our government doesn't seem too interested in it's own people. Were more focused on the "terrorist" which for now is a foreign party (hold your breath for the domestic terrorist coming to a theater near you). As long as your not of Middle East descent and can speak pretty good English, the Feds will leave you well enough alone. Your more likely to piss off a traffic cop and land in jail for obstructing justice, then ever catch the FBI's attention.

If the government and it's response to it's people is the concern then my suggestion to you is to learn how to protest peacefully and without violent emotion attached. Gondi did a pretty good job of catching the worlds attention, just think what he could have done with You Tube. Think what we learned about Egypt's revolution via You Tube. Think about Syria right now and what's not happening because the world is watching. None to little chemical weapons usage, no mass shootings, no indiscriminate bombings...those days may be behind us due in LARGE part to technology and the world taking interest. The History channel only has a show about Mengele because he was able to hide for so long. Had justice been served earlier, the world and the various parties involved would have been much better off. Going on 70 years and we still cant uncover all the secrets.

Abuse is committed by the person and not the tool. Little girls everywhere sleep comfortable with their fathers at night without being abused even though they have access. I have guns that I choose not to shoot people with. I have basic knowledge of military tactics, bomb making and survival skills and what I don't know I know where to find and none of it do I choose to act on.

In the end what we are talking about is technology that can simulate the human eye and brain. So any behavior that can be seen or deduced by anyone, will with the aid of technology, soon be discovered by everyone. As long as the behavior would not be deemed unsuitable by your peers, then your fine for the world to know about it. You just aren't used to it yet.

Your either really passionate or it's 4:20.

What else you got??? *fists up*

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This thread is officially Godwinned...

...and the hyperbole is thick; really thick.

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It doesn't fix all concerns but it's a start

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