Google Glass ‘could breach Data Protection Act’ –

Paterson added that organisations’ use of wearable technology to process
personal information will almost always be bound by the Act, meaning they
must process the information collected by these devices in compliance with
the legislation.

“This includes making sure that people are being informed about how their
details are being collected and used, only collecting information that is
relevant, adequate and not excessive and ensuring that any information that
needs to be collected is kept securely and deleted once it is no longer
required,” he said.

If the wearable technology is able to capture video or pictures (like Google
Glass) then organisations must also address the issues raised in the ICO’s
CCTV Code of Practice.

Responding to the ICO’s warning, a Google spokesperson said: “We designed
Glass with privacy in mind. The fact that Glass is worn above the eyes and
the screen lights up whenever it’s activated clearly signals it’s in use and
makes it a fairly lousy surveillance device.”

The news comes after some bar owners in San Francisco banned
Google Glass
from their premises due to customers’ concerns over
being filmed without their knowledge. The headset is also banned
in many cinemas, strip clubs, casinos, restaurants, hospitals, sports
grounds and banks.

In response to the backlash, Google has issued an etiquette
, urging users to be respectful and polite while wearing the
headset and not to be ‘Glassholes’.

However, a survey by the Centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST) at
Goldsmiths, University of London and website hosting company Rackspace last
year found that one in five people in the UK wanted to ban
Google Glass

Half of respondents to the survey cited privacy concerns as the main barrier
to purchasing wearable devices such as Google Glass, with 61 per cent
agreeing that such devices should be subject to regulation.

Meanwhile, the popularity of smart fitness bands that can track heart rate,
running speed and location continues to grow. Google announced the launch of
its new Android operating system for wearables yesterday, and Apple is
rumoured to be working on its own iWatch.

Consulting firm Deloitte predicts that around 10 million wearable devices,
including smart glasses, fitness bands and watches, will be sold in 2014.

Google Glass ‘could breach Data Protection Act’ –

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