Google Glass bans facial recognition following public concern

By Ishbel Macleod | PR and social media consultant

June 3, 2013 | 1 min read

Google has announced that it will bar facial recognition features from Google Glass for the time being, following ‘concerns’ from the public.

It was suggested last month that Google Glass might be illegal in the UK, due to facial recognition system breaching basic data protection provisions.

In a statement, Google said: "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."

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The company has updated its developer policy to reflect its facial recognition stance.

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