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New Australian Privacy Laws Could Have Ramifications On Google Glass 128

An anonymous reader writes "Recording private conversations or activities using Google's Glass eyewear or similar wearable technologies without consent could become illegal under a push to overhaul Australian state and federal privacy laws. From the article: 'The Australian Law Reform Commission discussion paper, released on Monday morning, recommended 47 legislative changes aimed at updating existing privacy laws for the digital age. It proposed the government introduce a statutory cause of action for a serious invasion of one’s privacy, in what would be the first time a person’s privacy has legally been protected in Australia. It also recommended harmonising rules for using technology to monitor and record authors, which are currently legislated by state governments, to deal with the implications of new technologies such as wearable devices and drones.'"
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New Australian Privacy Laws Could Have Ramifications On Google Glass

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  • by ShieldW0lf ( 601553 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @02:12AM (#46618779) Journal

    Information is for the state. You will not record and share among yourselves. You will not become more aware.

    You will not develop the capacity to police yourselves. That is for the state.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 31, 2014 @02:20AM (#46618803)

    Hardly a horrible statist intrusion to prevent people from secretly recording private conversations. That seems like common sense to me.

  • not private (Score:5, Insightful)

    by stenvar ( 2789879 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @02:56AM (#46618897)

    Google Glass only records from a first person point of view, and is less sensitive than normal human eyes or ears. So, pretty much by definition, if it can be recorded by Google Glass, it isn't private: the person doing the recording needs to be visibly present to record the information.

    What such laws are really primarily aimed at are to protect government officials, politicians, and the rich and famous from having their wrongdoings documented.

"The way of the world is to praise dead saints and prosecute live ones." -- Nathaniel Howe