Although it has yet to see a public release, plenty of early adopters and developers already have their hands on the greatly anticipated Google Glass. That means they’ve had a head start to create programs for the hardware. Some of which has raised concerns about privacy, among other things.
Google has recently announced that it will not allowed developers to create any facial recognition software for Glassware (Glass’ app store). This comes as a huge relief to those whose privacy is important, namely public figures and officials; and to the chagrin of software writers on the opposite end.
However, was this a smart move for Google?
Facial recognition software could be beneficial in high security areas like airports. The software would allow security to identify potential threats by simply looking at them. Those with red flags would be input into a universal database for all users to use.
On the other hand, allowing this type of software to be used would leave room for misuse. Hackers could use the information the programs gather for identity theft. These kinds of issues would then be on an even bigger scale with Google Glass.
It’s hard to say for now, but what do you think?Read More