When it comes to developing new technologies, Facebook is constantly innovating — especially when it means that the company can gather more of our data. However, the social media giant’s latest invention may be a bridge too far for some experts and lawmakers. This week, European regulators issued a warning to Facebook that its “smart glasses” technology may be a blatant violation of peoples’ privacy.
According to the regulators, the main issue is that it’s difficult to tell when the glasses are being used to record. There is only one small LED light on them that indicates when it’s switched on, so other people interacting with a smart glasses wearer may not notice.
“While it is accepted that many devices including smart phones can record third party individuals, it is generally the case that the camera or the phone is visible as the device by which recording is happening, thereby putting those captured in the recordings on notice,” the regulators said. “With the glasses, there is a very small indicator light that comes on when recording is occurring.”
It’s unlikely at this point that Facebook will scrap its plans to roll out these smart glasses. But hopefully more pressure like this forces the company to strengthen their privacy settings.
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