Google Bans Facial Recognition Apps In Google Glass

People who are concerned that facial recognition apps will be used in Google Glass have nothing to fear as the tech giant announced that they will not allow such apps to be installed. In a blog post the company has updated their developer policies regarding this wearable device that explicitly disallows installation of any facial recognition apps.

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“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. 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.”

Facial recognition programs are used to automatically identify a person from a photo or video by comparing the person’s facial features with that of an existing database. This technology is often used by various security agencies to quickly identify a person. It is also being used in various apps such as WindowsLive, Google’s Picasa, Sony’s Picture Motion Browser and OpenBR.

For those who want facial recognition apps to be available for Google Glasses there is still hope as Google isn’t totally shutting down the idea. The company wants to address the privacy concerns involved before making such an app available.

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  1. I am sure there are more good purposes for facial recognition than evil purposes. Plus, people at their core are truly good natured.

  2. Facial recognition would be really helpful for blind people. I realize that the blind are not the main target for Google Glass, but for the future, I don’t see how they can put a ban on facial recognition technology. There are a lot of good purposes for it!

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