Rep. Joe Barton released the following statement after reviewing the letter.
“I am disappointed in the responses we received from Google. There were questions that were not adequately answered and some not answered at all. Google Glass has the potential to change the way people communicate and interact. When new technology like this is introduced that could change societal norms, I believe it is important that people’s rights be protected and vital that privacy is built into the device. I look forward to continuing a working relationship with Google as Google Glass develops.”
There are four simple technical fixes which we would urge Google apply:
- Make the prohibition on face recognition or any other way of identifying individuals permanent Google policy and support a law to prevent competitors implementing it.
- Encrypt all data stored in the cloud with keys that only the user has access (Not Google or the NSA).
- Implement a TagMeNot style system on G+ and Glasswear which prevents the sharing of pictures of people who actively object to their image appearing on commercial social networking sites.
- Remove the capability to initiate recording by holding down the button (as opposed to saying OK glass)