If you run into a complete stranger wearing Google Glass, that person might take your picture with just a wink. But rest assured that Glass probably won’t be able to tell its wearer your name, date of birth, and turn-offs.
In a Google+ post Friday, the Project Glass team noted that “many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass.” For now, Google is playing it safe on facial recognition. “As Google has said for several years, we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place,” Google said. “With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time.”
Of course, this just means that Google will not officially be responsible – to many lawsuits I guess. But since Google Glass is extremely hackable – there are already ways to turn off the recording light or to control things by a wink – this will not really do much.
In fact, it might be nice to have facial recognition tied to my contact list, allowing my memory to be refreshed without embarrassment. And since Google already has a lot of such access – personal photos, etc. – it does seem like in their wheelhouse.
But at the moment, no such official app. Lots of unofficial apps I expect.
Those that want to (ab)use Google Glass will be able to with little problem. And Google can change their view at any time.