A privacy regulator in Ireland questioned whether the Ray Ban Stories, the smart glass of Facebook in partnership with eyewear manufacturer EssilorLuxottica, it is really efficient in informing people that they are being captured by the device.

The Commission of Privacy Data from Ireland (DPC) raised doubts whether the device's LED lamp has adequate dimensions and lighting to inform the surroundings that it is recording or taking pictures. The institution that is the regulator of Facebook in the European Union shares the same concerns as another body of data surveillance, the Italian Garante.


“With the glasses, there is a very small indicator that turns on when recording is taking place. It has not been demonstrated to DPC and Garante that tests carried out in the field were carried out by Facebook or Ray-Ban to ensure that an LED moon is enough to warn of the recording,” warns the institution in a statement.

The question comes from the fact that Facebook does not report any tests or evaluations for the mechanism, nor does it respond to the questions raised by Garante on the 10th of this month. The Italian regulator issued a statement demanding that the social network adjust smart glass to European privacy legislation.

Smart glasses can invade others' privacy

Ireland's concern is that the smart glass of Facebook infringes on the privacy of the user's surroundings. The smart glasses, which allow you to take photos, videos and listen to music, also allow posting directly on the social network through an exclusive app.

"While it is acceptable that many mechanisms, including smartphones, can record third parties, generally in these cases the camera or phone is visible while the recording is being made, thus making people aware they are being recorded."

The institutions warn that the statement is an information campaign for the social network to become aware of. Facebook has even issued official statements on the matter.

With Reuters

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