Italian data agency asks Facebook to explain smart glasses


Milan — Italy’s data protection officials said on Friday that they asked Facebook to explain the newly launched smart glasses by social media giants to assess whether the product complies with privacy laws.

Created in partnership with Ray-Ban maker Essilor Luxottica, Facebook smart glasses allow wearers to listen to music, make phone calls, capture photos and short videos, and use the companion app on Facebook. It can be shared between services.

Galante, an Italian watchdog, said the European headquarters of social media company is based in Ireland and has asked the Irish data protection commissioner, who leads Facebook’s surveillance, to seek clarification.

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Facebook and Ray-Ban’s first smart glasses released on September 9, 2021 are shown in the distribution image. (Distribution via Ray-Ban and Facebook / Reuters)

Italian officials inform about the measures Facebook has taken to protect people who are occasionally photographed, especially children, the system adopted to anonymize the collected data, and the capabilities of voice assistants connected to glasses. I said I would like to receive it.

“We know people are asking about new technologies, so before the launch of Ray-Ban Story, we worked with the Irish DPC to provide it to both the device owner and the people around us. , Shared how privacy was incorporated into the product design and functionality of eyeglasses, a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement.

“We answer questions from Galante through the Irish DPC and look forward to continued cooperation with European regulators,” added a spokesman.