Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/19/six_nations_ask_google_for_answers_on_glass_privacy/

Six nations ask Google for answers on Glass privacy

Canada, Oz, NZ, Mexico, Switzerland and Israel send 'Dear Larry' letter

By Simon Sharwood

Posted in Security, 19th June 2013 02:17 GMT

36 Privacy Commissioners from around the world have written to Google to ask, in the polite-but-firm language of international diplomacy, for some details about Google Glass.

The letter, signed by Privacy Commissioners or their equivalents from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Switzerland and Israel, plus several Canadian provinces.

The authors' beef is simple: it looks like Glass could invade privacy in dozens of ways, but Google has told the world almost nothing about how the device works. That observation produced the following list of questions the Commissioners want answered:

At the time of writing Google has not responded to the letter, which is addressed to Larry Page himself.

“We would be very interested in hearing about the privacy implications of this new product and the steps you are taking to ensure that, as you move forward with Google Glass, individuals’ privacy rights are respected around the world,” the authors say. “We look forward to responses to these questions and to a meeting to discuss the privacy issues raised by Google Glass.”

As do we all. ®