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Google Bans Facial recognition On Glass

Stronger privacy protection needed before the feature will be allowed

We've already had reports this week that Google have effectively banned adult material on the Google Glass device by changing their developer policy, now it seems we won't be having any facial recognition software either amid concerns about people’s privacy.

It's already possible for you to take discreet pictures with Google Glass, but it won't be possible for you to extract that person’s name, date of birth and facebook likes just yet.

"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," Google said. "With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time."

Just like Google has done with the adult material rules, they've just updated their developer policies to read "Don't use the camera or microphone to cross-reference and immediately present personal information identifying anyone other than the user, including use cases such as facial recognition and voice print," it also goes on to state that "Applications that do this will not be approved at this time."

While I can understand the purpose behind this one, given that it would or could be an invasion of privacy, I doubt it will do much to stop people hacking the device and installing non-legit applications to the device that could offer similar functionality.