No plan for Glass facial recognition apps… at least for now

Last night, we had the pleasure of hearing Google CEO Eric Schmidt speak about his new book, “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business” at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. Besides the expected comments on privacy, the numerous plugs for Google products, and his somewhat dry, but smart humor, Eric replied to a question saying that “at this time there will not be facial recognition for Google Glass.”

Search Engine Watch confirmed this today by posting a letter that Google received from concerned congressman about the privacy issues Google Glass brings up. “As members of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, we are curious whether this new technology could infringe on the privacy of the average American,” said the letter that was sent to Google CEO Larry Page. “Will Google Glass have the capacity to store any data on the device itself? If so, will Google Glass implement some sort of user authentication system to safeguard stored data? If not, why not? If so, please explain.”

By Marc Apple