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10-22-13 Presentation on Google Glass and Privacy Challenges


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"Flawed Transparency: Shared Data Collection and Disclosure Challenges for Google Glass and Similar Technologies" presented by Prof. Jonathan I. Ezor of Touro Law Center for Innovation in Business, Law and Technology for the 2013 CEWIT conference in Melville, NY

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10-22-13 Presentation on Google Glass and Privacy Challenges

  1. 1. Flawed Transparency: Shared Data Collection and Disclosure Challenges for Google Glass and Similar Technologies Jonathan I. Ezor Assistant Professor & Director, Touro Law Center for Innovation in Business, Law & Technology 2013 CEWIT Conference October 22, 2013
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  3. 3. Privacy and Technology • Technology frequently connected with privacy issues • Construction, finance, transportation • Brandeis & Warren’s “The Right to Privacy” • Anonymity & pseudonymity • Digital storage/transmission a major shift
  4. 4. Privacy Protected by Law and Practice • Privacy protected by both law and practice • Focus primarily on personal information and behavior monitoring • Different cultures have different structures • Technology can both infringe on and protect privacy
  5. 5. U.S. Primarily SelfRegulatory Regime • In U.S., no general data privacy laws • Most situations covered by “self-regulation” • Only statute/regulation for special circumstances – – – – COPPA HIPAA GLB Others • Self-regulation driven by disclosure
  6. 6. Fair Information Practice Principles • Statements of best practices and ideals in data collection and use • Multiple versions throughout world • FTC 1998 version: – – – – – Notice/Awareness Choice/Consent Access/Participation Integrity/Security Enforcement/Redress • Standard method is “privacy policy”
  7. 7. Privacy Policy: Statement of Practices • Statement of organization’s actual: – Collection – Use – Sharing • Should be prominently available • CA law requires (PA law punishes knowing inaccuracy) • Federal law largely about misstatements or omissions • Data security practices also considered
  8. 8. Challenges of Privacy Policies • Accuracy • Revisions • Method of delivery – Form factor – Transaction process – Multiple parties involved • Newer technologies raise problems with privacy policy methodology
  9. 9. Google: Multichannel, Multiuse • Google in business of monetizing personal information collection • Broad range of businesses within Google sharing data • Collection goes far beyond Web sites • Information collected goes far beyond personally identifiable information
  10. 10. Google Street View and WiFi • Google Street View cars photographing locations around world • Also detecting WiFi routers for location services • Discovered to be intercepting traffic on open networks • Facing legal issues in U.S., elsewhere
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  12. 12. Google Glass: Wearable Sensor Suite • • • • • • Google Glass new wearable device Discreet, wireless, and powerful WiFi-enabled GPS through paired device Cameras, microphone Apps and two-way wireless capabilities
  13. 13. Privacy Concerns with Glass • Many concerned about “voyeurism” of Glass • Broader question of Google collection/use of information • Glass’ form factor, ubiquity makes it different from smartphones • Little or no information available about Google collection processes • Even users cannot offer privacy policies for Glass
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  15. 15. Proposal: FCC Approval Process and Privacy Disclosure • Wireless devices already need FCC approval • FCC separately regulates wireless carriers’ privacy practices • Proposal: add privacy disclosure to FCC device approval • Would mandate public availability, accuracy, updates • Would provide better redress, easier implementation
  16. 16. QUESTIONS? Jonathan I. Ezor Touro Law Center for Innovation in Business, Law and Technology @ProfJonathan on Twitter