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Friday, June 27, 2014

'GOOGLE GLASS' - WEARERS WARNED THEY RISK BREAKING LAW FOR SECRET FILMING, FACE FINES OF UP TO £500,000

'GOOGLE GLASS' - WEARERS WARNED THEY RISK BREAKING LAW FOR SECRET FILMING, FACE FINES OF UP TO  £500,000
'GOOGLE GLASS' - WEARERS WARNED THEY RISK BREAKING LAW FOR SECRET FILMING, FACE FINES OF UP TO  £500,000
Google Glass users have been warned they risk breaking the law by using the devices to film people secretly.  The data privacy watchdog has told buyers of the £1,000 ‘wearable technology’ that they could be prosecuted if they mis-use recordings, or face fines of up to £500,000.

The Information Commissioner's Office said wearers are effectively covered by the same rules as CCTV cameras, meaning they cannot record people on their glasses and show the films publicly unless they have consent.

The warning comes after the devices went on sale in Britain for the first time this week.  Andrew Paterson, senior technology officer, warned that using the recording capability of Google Glass for anything other than personal use was forbidden unless the wearer had given warning in advance.

Much like a smartphone, the wearable Google Glass provides information and recordings via a display screen inside the glasses' lens.


By issuing the voice command 'Ok, Glass' - said to have been the brainchild of Google co-founder Sergey Brin's new girlfriend - you can activate it and then issue voice commands, including recording video and taking photographs.

An early version of the device has just been released to the UK public despite the controversy and privacy concerns raised during its release in the U.S.
Mr Paterson, who works for the Information Commissioner's Office, wrote that using the technology strictly for your own use would be unlikely to breach data privacy laws.
 

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