Concerns have been raised by a number of regulatory agencies, including the Irish Data Privacy Organization (DPC) and the Italian Garante Privacy, over the Facebook smart glasses that were manufactured in conjunction with Ray-Ban. It has been requested that the technology giant give proof that the gadget is capable of providing accurate information to the individuals that it is capturing.
Just a week ago, the technology company Ray Ban debuted its new line of smart glasses called Ray Ban Stories. They come with a microphone, a speaker, and two built-in cameras in the package. However, smart glasses have not only caught the attention of the media but also of regulatory organizations in a number of nations throughout the world.
Authorities in charge of regulation have privacy concerns.
One of them is an Italian organization known as Garante Privacy, which is assigned the responsibility of ensuring the safety of user data in the nation. They have requested that the DPC inquire into the matter with Mark Zuckerberg’s firm and determine whether or not the gadget conforms with privacy regulations. The Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s Office is the primary EU entity in charge of overseeing Facebook’s actions. This is due to the fact that the headquarters of the technology giant’s European operations are located in Dublin.
It is common knowledge that a variety of electronic gadgets, including cellphones, are able to record people referred to as “third parties.” However, the individual being recorded is often made aware that their actions are being monitored and perhaps recorded. According to the Irish authorities, people can easily see that the camera or phone is recording, which provides them with sufficient notice. The issue that has to be answered right now is whether or not the product that was developed by Facebook and Ray Ban goes far enough to signal whether the recording capability is engaged.
The Digital Privacy Commission (DPC) states that Facebook has not yet provided persuasive proof that the glasses are capable of doing that. The Ray-Ban Stories cameras are equipped with a very minute LED indicator light of their own. When being shot, this glistens with a brilliant white light.
It is hoped that this would be sufficient to alert those in the immediate area if someone is taking pictures or making a video. However, neither the DPC nor Garante Privacy are satisfied that Facebook or Ray-Ban have conducted extensive field testing to ensure that the aforementioned indicator light is an effective means of communication. This is because neither of these organizations believes that Facebook or Ray-Ban have fulfilled their obligations under the Data Protection Act.
The only distinguishing feature of Facebook’s smart glasses is a tiny pod located on one arm of the frame of the glasses. Other than that, the glasses don’t have any distinguishing features. They have the appearance of a typical pair of Wayfarers. In addition to being able to take pictures with them, users are also able to use them to communicate with hands-free voice assistants, make phone calls and send messages, as well as listen to music and podcasts.
The Data Protection Commission and Garante Privacy have issued a demand to Facebook, asking them to provide proof that the LED indication light serves its intended function effectively. They are also requesting that the technology giant initiate an education campaign to notify the general public about the potential privacy risks that might be caused by the new product.