Eight members of the US Congress sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page, raising concerns about Google Glass and its eavesdropping potential.
The letter features eight questions and asks Page for a response by 14 June, reports the New York Times.
“We are curious whether this new technology could infringe on the privacy of the average American,” the letter said.
The lawmakers, members of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, point out that the actual product has not been released yet, hence there are a number of unanswered questions Google needs to address. On the other hand, perhaps this is their way of getting a free sample to play around with.
Representative Joe Barton, Republican of Texas, wants to know how Google plans to collect and store data from Google Glass, and how it will make sure that the data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands, much like some AP phone records and IRS tax returns.
Of course, Google is trying to downplay the concerns. It insists that there is nothing really scary about Google Glass, apart from its appearance. Google maintains that it followed all its privacy and data collection policies and built in more tech to prevent privacy violations. It makes perfect sense, since few people will be willing to buy Google Glass unless they are absolutely certain that an embarrassing episode from their personal life won’t go viral. It is in Google own best interest to make it very, very secure.
In related news, Congress is currently facing its lowest approval ratings in history. Congress is now less popular than root canals, head lice, colonoscopies, carnies, traffic jams, France, Donald Trump, cockroaches and used-car salesmen. However, it did manage to beat out the Ebola virus, North Korea, meth labs, and gonorrhoea.