In a letter sent to Google's CEO, Larry Page, the Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners of six nations have requested additional information on the privacy implications of having lots of people walking around wearing the devices and potential missuses.
Government authorities from Canada, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico and Switzerland have all cosigned a letter which puts forth the following questions;
- How does Google Glass comply with data protection laws?
- What are the privacy safeguards Google and application developers are putting in place?
- What information does Google collect via Glass and what information is shared with third parties, including application developers?
- How does Google intend to use this information?
- While we understand that Google has decided not to include facial recognition in Glass, how does Google intend to address the specific issues around facial recognition in the future?
- Is Google doing anything about the broader social and ethical issues raised by such a product, for example, the surreptitious collection of information about other individuals?
- Has Google undertaken any privacy risk assessment the outcomes of which it would be willing to share?
- Would Google be willing to demonstrate the device to our offices and allow any interested data protection authorities to test it?
Privacy concerns have been raised ever since Google announced Glass so it will be interesting so see how they respond to these direct questions.