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Six nations concerned over Google Glass's privacy issues
June 20, 2013
First Published: 15:12 IST(20/6/2013)
Last Updated: 15:13 IST(20/6/2013)

Software giant Google's high-profile and much hyped wearable computing device, Google Glass's privacy issues have concerned officials from six nations.

According to Fox news, the six nations which include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Israel and Switzerland have jointly sent a letter to Google's CEO Larry Page seeking answers to questions about the gadget's privacy safeguards.

Google Glass connects wirelessly to a smartphone using Bluetooth technology and the wearer sees the functions as 'visions'. These 'visions' play in front of the eyes of the wearer sans a physical screen.

However, with smarter apps developed for the device including face recognition, originally developed for medical purposes, the privacy concerns have shot up.

The report said that the letter asked questions about how the Google Glass will comply with ' data protection laws' and how will it share the information collected through the Glass.

Google had been recently linked to the NSA 'snoopgate' controversy for having furnished user data without the users' knowledge to the government, has been questioned by the officials whether the company is doing anything about the 'broader social and ethical issues' that come with the product.

The officials have also asked the software giant to demonstrate the device to them and allow interested data protection authorities to test it, the report added.

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