In a prepared statement,
Connecticut Attorney General
George Jepsen has asked Google "to address concerns related to the company’s new
head-mounted computing and recording device, Glass
, and the potential impact
the device may have on the privacy of Connecticut residents."
This is the statement, unedited here:
In a letter sent this past Monday to Google’s chief
executive officer, Attorney General Jepsen noted that Google has acknowledged
that “new technology always raises new issues” and said, while Glass is not yet
available to the general public, it is an appropriate time to commence a
dialogue about the product and its implications for the privacy of both users
“Despite mounting concern among privacy advocates,” the
Attorney General wrote, “there is very little available information regarding
the types of data that will be collected through this technology from either
users or non-users. Nor, to my knowledge, has Google yet publicly revealed
whether or how it intends to disclose privacy risks, obtain consent for the
collection of data or otherwise minimize or address issues.”
Attorney General Jepsen requested a meeting with Google to
discuss concerns surrounding Glass including:
When Glass will be made available to Connecticut
consumers for purchase.
What the terms of the company’s announced
restriction on facial recognition capabilities are and what “strong privacy
protections” will be required before permitting facial recognition applications
Whether Glass will have eye-tracking
Whether Google will allow consumers to store
data on the device itself and how any stored information will be safeguarded
should it be lost or stolen.
What information Glass will collect from users
and non-users and if Google will obtain consent to collect such information.
While Attorney General Jepsen is the first state attorney
general to address privacy concerns raised by Glass, his letter follows a
request for information by members of the Privacy Caucus of the United States
House of Representatives.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew Fitzsimmons, head of the
Attorney General’s Privacy Task Force, is assisting the Attorney General with
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