One of the biggest fears about Google Glass's pending world takeover is creeps using Google's face computer to recognize them, look up their awful prom pictures, or any number of things, all without permission and on the spot. Those people can now rest easy. Google glass won't have facial recognition features for the foreseeable future.
The Google developers announced that the Glass won't be able to recognize people on the streets in an update late Friday night. "As Google has said for several years, we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time," the company announced. Sorry, creeps. This is all likely a response to an API update from Lambda Labs to come out next week that would have enabled facial recognition. And, yes, private Pauls can celebrate now that they don't have to worry about Glass facial recognition. But they didn't say it's not coming, ever. Google said facial recognition is just not coming... yet.
So, rejoice! Google is still making up its mind about facial recognition, but it might not ever make it to Google Glass's feature list. If they can't reasonably guarantee people their privacy is protected, they'll probably stay away forever. Until that day, though, they have to worry about if Glass users will get beat up, and legislators trying to make Glass illegal.
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