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Europe Data Protection Digest | Irish and Italian DPAs on Facebook smart glasses privacy issues Related reading: Social media site sued for allegedly tracking users' data



  • Ireland's Data Protection Commission and Italy's data protection authority, the Garante, published a joint statement calling on Facebook Ireland to confirm their newly released product, Facebook View, properly informs individuals when they are being recorded. The wearable glasses technology can take short videos and photos, and an indicator light will turn on while recording. The DPC and Garante expressed concerns the light may not be a sufficient form of notice, and called on Facebook to test the product further and create a public awareness campaign on the tech.
  • Speaking with HuffPost Garante member Guido Scorza said smart glasses pose a privacy issue. "It will take a long time for us to realize that if someone is placing their finger on the temple of their glasses, they are actually taking a picture or starting a recording," he said. "When they take a photo and then publish it on social networks, they are sharing the personal data of the subjects that end up in the image, primarily the features of their face." 

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