Several state officials have joined forces in seeking assurance from Google following numerous privacy fears relating to Google Glass.

Privacy commissioners and data protection representatives from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Isreal, Switzerland and Mexico, just to name a few, have got together with the EU Commission’s Article 29 Working Party. They have signed an open letter to Google CEO, Larry Page, requesting to discuss whether the proper protection is in place for the public.

Larry Page, CEO of Google

CEO of Google, Larry Page, needs to allay concerns over Google Glass

One concern particulary made reference to is the potential for unsuspecting passers-by to be photographed or filmed by someone using the Google Glass device without consent.

“Google Glass has been the subject of many articles that have raised concerns about the obvious, and perhaps less obvious, privacy implications of a device that can be worn by an individual and used to film and record audio of other people,” the letter reads.

“Fears of ubiquitous surveillance of individuals by other individuals, whether through such recordings or through other applications currently being developed, have been raised. Questions about Google’s collection of such data and what it means in terms of Google’s revamped privacy policy have also started to appear.”

The letter also asked for Google’s future stance on the use of facial recognition and what they plan to do with the data once it has been collected from the user.

The commissioners have requested that they be able to test the device for themselves so that they can raise any found concerns directly with Google.

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SOURCE: http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/dear-larry-please-tell-us-more-about-google-glass-and-privacy-love-world-1160194