14 Oct. 2021 17:47 Uhr
The Russian domestic intelligence service FSB has announced that Facebook’s new “smart glasses” could be used as a tool for US espionage. In this context, the FSB warned of a possible ban on such glasses in Russia.
Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, has raised a number of concerns about Facebook’s smart glasses. He explained that the camera-equipped glasses that were developed in collaboration with Ray-Ban could be used for espionage purposes.
In a statement released on Monday, the Russian authorities said that the “smart glasses” developed by the Americans have certain design features and can thus be classified as a special tool for secretly gathering information. According to the FSB, this decision opened the door to a possible ban not only on their sale but also on their use in Russia.
Facebook described the glasses as an authentic way to take photos and videos, share adventures, listen to music or take calls – so you can stay in touch with friends, family and the world around you. The glasses allow users to start recording just by verbal commands. They cost around 345 euros each.
Russia isn’t the only country that has raised privacy concerns. The Irish Data Protection Commission questioned whether an LED display attached to the frame would be enough to warn unsuspecting people that they are being admitted. Dublin is home to Facebook’s European headquarters, making the Irish regulator a key stakeholder for the US tech giant. The Irish authorities said:
“The glasses have a very small indicator light that comes on when a picture is taken. Facebook or Ray-Ban have not been shown to have conducted extensive field tests to ensure that the LED indicator is an effective means of notification. “
Facebook stressed that new technology would always be a concern and that the company would work with regulators to resolve any potential issues. However, since the glasses have already been launched and for sale, it is unclear whether changes to their design will be considered.
Last month, the Russian digital media regulator, Roskomnadzor, warned that Facebook could face millions in fines if it did not delete prohibited content, including child pornography, content that glorifies drug use and allegedly extremist content .
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