According to an open letter from the EU's digital commissioner, there's something fishy going on with Google's privacy rules and process for its Glass eyewear, and American politicians need to take notice. The commissioner, who once compared privacy to a form of survival instinct, writes: "Google Glass’s claims of privacy protection are just not credible. It is wrong to believe that Google, or anyone else, can tell users how much data they should share with strangers. Let me put it this way: Members of the public would be astonished to learn that state security services could order them to leave their house and hand over their personal data to a stranger." He is especially critical of the software used by Google Glass, which automatically share any photos and videos taken with the device to the individual's contacts, friends and work contacts, without any kind of consent.

The letter, published in the Independent, says the Commission would introduce tough new legislation to block Google Glass "in its current form," although the commission conceded that it might take some time to impose its will. "We will look very carefully at what the Commission would consider acceptable in line with our Statement of Objections,” says a Google spokesperson. "Any suggested solutions would need to meet our privacy standards.”

Like the brand itself, Google Glass is slowly catching on. The company recently announced it has sold out of its first 2,000 units.

Read the full story at The Independent.


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