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Congress Objects Google Glass Privacy Policy

The expected release of Google Glasses has come up against a hitch. The law as well as lawmakers are not exactly happy with the implications of this piece of latest technology. Issues having to do with privacy and security are at stake.

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Google's chief executive, Larry Page, is now questioned about the company's new Google Glasses. An official letter was sent to Google CEO from eight members of Congress, on Thursday. These Congress members formally told Google that they concerns about the privacy and security of new Glass gadget. Page has to answer the eight questions asked in the letter by June 14.

The law extends into every sphere of life today. And in a society where litigation comes as naturally as breathing, it is only a matter of appearing on the radar of recognition before you have someone suing you out of your valuable assets. Despite the slogan that says “freedom of information” there are copyright infringement laws that don’t allow a single word to be stolen out of context.

According to The New York Times, recently Google was bragging about its new sci-fi invention by the name of Google Glasses. This is a wearable high tech pair of glasses which will allow access to all computer functions within the seamless structure of the pair of spectacles themselves. It also gives you face recognition abilities so that you may have all the necessary information regarding a person who appears within the visual ambit of these glasses.

This has caused concern among various members of the US congress. In an open letter to the CEO of Google, these guys from the government asked a series of questions regarding the new technology. They want answers by mid-June. The main reason for the urgent letter was the infringement of privacy that was staring the average American in the face thanks to this new wonder.

Immunity against privacy invasion was inquired about by the technocrats. The glasses lend access to the internet and also allow you to perform a series of operations such as taking photographs and watching videos not to mention sending text messages. But the biggest alarming factor of them all was the face recognition technology and statistics display module that featured among the prominent highlights of Google Glasses.

The glasses are not for sale yet so it will be some time before they enter the market. Meanwhile, the congressmen sent their missive to the CEO of Google at a crucial moment when Google was displaying its glasses at the I/O conference which was held in San Francisco. Headed by Joe Barton from Texas, the eight individuals who showed apprehension at the possible launch of Google Glasses asked a series of written questions which included whether there would be any protective measures against confidentiality damage.

Google has faced similar issues with many of its previous products. So this is not something new it has to overcome. Yet already there are developers that have built the capacity of Google Glasses to enable anyone wearing them to take a picture of anyone with a mere wink of an eye. This spells trouble and so precautions will have to be taken before the finalized version comes on high end store shelves.

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