Glass won’t use facial recognition, says Google

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Google have updated their Glass developer guidelines to disallow facial recognition apps for their high-tech eye-wear.

The post expressly forbids applications that will allow the identification of anyone other than the Glass user.

The update reads as follows:

“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. Applications that do this will not be approved at this time.”

These regulations are amongst several that restrict the development of Glass apps in the name of privacy. Google development policy has already made it very clear that any apps that use the camera must keep the display on during photography or recording so that anyone nearby knows the lens is in use. This is in an effort to combat surreptitious image-taking, a previous concern about the cultural impact of Glass.

The wearable computer is currently unavailable to the mass-market, with the release date expected to be around Q4 2013. A limited number of the headsets have been released to developers, and a small section of the public that applied to the Glass Explorer program, which is set to act as a beta-test for the eyewear.

Is this update a step in the right direction for head-mounted computing, or does it put you off Google’s latest innovation? Tell us your thoughts below.

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