EU regulators ask questions about Facebook’s camera glasses – ict news

Facebook’s smart camera glasses are the subject of comments from various European privacy committees. It is in particular the visibility of the ‘recording light’ that poses a problem.

About two weeks ago, Facebook launched its first smart glasses, in collaboration with eyewear Ray-Ban. The ‘smart’ aspect lies above all in the fact that these are sunglasses for filming. There is therefore a possible connection to be made with the Snapchat Spectacles of a few years ago.

A camera hidden in the frame of Ray-Ban sunglasses, launched by Facebook, quickly raised questions about privacy. It was no different from a series of EU privacy committees, which have reviewed the product. The Irish Data Protection Commission in particular, in charge of Facebook affairs in the EU, says it has requested additional demonstrations from the tech giant. The disturbing element here is especially the LED indicator which lights up when the camera is filming. Among other things, the commission wants to know if this is an effective way of warning people that they are being filmed.

The glasses came out earlier this month. It is in fact sunglasses carrying two cameras of 5 mega-pixels, as well as some speakers to listen to music for example. The Irish regulator describes the LED indicator as ‘particularly small’. Tests previously carried out by technical journalists from The Verge in particular also indicate that the indicator light can be easily covered. Quite a few devices can shoot people, according to the Irish regulator in a statement, ‘but in general the camera is clearly visible to be working, so those who are being filmed know it.’ Facebook tells tech site TechCrunch that it is working with regulators ‘to help people understand how this new technology works.’

About two weeks ago, Facebook launched its first smart glasses, in collaboration with eyewear Ray-Ban. The ‘smart’ aspect lies above all in the fact that these are sunglasses for filming. So there is a possible connection to the Snapchat Spectacles of a few years ago.A camera hidden in the frame of Ray-Ban sunglasses, launched by Facebook, that quickly raised questions about respect. of privacy. It was no different from a series of EU privacy committees, which have reviewed the product. The Irish Data Protection Commission in particular, in charge of Facebook affairs in the EU, says it has requested additional demonstrations from the tech giant. The disturbing element here is especially the LED indicator which lights up when the camera is filming. Among other things, the commission wants to know if this is an effective way of warning people that they are being filmed. The glasses were released earlier this month. It is in fact sunglasses carrying two cameras of 5 mega-pixels, as well as some speakers to listen to music for example. The Irish regulator describes the LED indicator as ‘particularly small’. Tests previously carried out by technical journalists from The Verge in particular also indicate that the indicator light can be easily covered. Quite a few devices can shoot people, according to the Irish regulator in a statement, ‘but in general the camera is clearly visible to be working, so those who are being filmed know it.’ Facebook tells tech site TechCrunch that it is working with regulators ‘to help people understand how this new technology works.’

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