Ireland's Data Protection Commission has expressed its concerns regarding Facebook's new wearable technology product, Ray-Ban Stories, a pair of glasses that allows a user to record short videos and take photos for posting on social media. Their concern: "While it is accepted that many devices including smartphones can record third party individuals, it is generally the case that the camera or the phone is visible as the device by which recording is happening, thereby putting those captured in the recordings on notice. With the glasses, there is a very small indicator light that comes on when recording is occurring," said the Irish DPC in a statement. The Irish DPC said that Facebook did not conduct a demonstration for the regulatory body regarding the effectiveness of the LED light on Facebook View. The social media platform claims that the LED light 'is an effective means of giving notice'. Accordingly, the DPC.. are now calling on Facebook Ireland to confirm and demonstrate that the LED indicator light is effective for its purpose and to run an information campaign to alert the public as to how this new consumer product may give rise to less obvious recording of their images — Ireland Data Protection Commission Similar concerns raised by Italy's data protection authority Earlier, the Italian Garante per la Protezione dei Dati Personali (Italian SA) had requested the Irish Data Protection Commission to urge Facebook to provide their replies to a set of questions prior to the marketing of the smart glasses in…
Facebook’s new smart glasses are making some EU regulators nervous
Reacting to concerns raised by data protection authorities, Facebook claimed that the glasses were made with privacy in mind
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