Italy data authority asks Facebook to clarify the privacy matters of its newly launched smart glasses
Italy's data protection authority has stated that it seeks clarifications from Facebook regarding the social media giant's recently launched smart glasses. The compliance of this product with privacy laws has been questioned by Italy's administrative authority and it has some concerns regarding personal data protection.
Facebook has made its smart glasses in co-operation with EssilorLuxottica, the company that produces Ray-Ban glasses. The wearers of these smart glasses will be able to listen to music, take calls, or capture photos and short videos and share them across Facebook's services using a companion app.
The Italian authority's main concern is that it wants to be informed on measures Facebook has put in place to protect people's privacy, particularly children, as well as on systems adopted to make data collected anonymous and features of the voice assistant connected to the glasses.
It has been stated by a Facebook spokesperson that they've already engaged with the relevant authorities regarding this matter and they have shared how they’ve "built privacy into the product design and functionality of the glasses to give both device owners and people around them peace of mind."
"We'll answer questions and we look forward to our continued collaboration with regulators in Europe," the spokesperson added.