Google: Facial Recognition Too Creepy for Us
Turns out there is a privacy bridge Eric Schmidt won't cross
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 19, 2011 10:35 AM CDT
Google CEO Eric Schmidt gestures during his speech at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

(Newser) – Google may know a lot about you, but it doesn’t want to know what you look like. At Google’s “Big Tent” conference, executive chairman Eric Schmidt called the rapid-fire growth of surprisingly accurate facial recognition technology “very concerning,” and indicated that making a face database would be “crossing the creepy line,” and hence something Google was “unlikely” to do, the Telegraph reports. “Some company, by the way, is going to cross that line,” Schmidt added.

He warned governments, however, against trying to prevent such creepiness with poorly-considered legislation that would stifle innovation. “Hopefully the French or any other country won’t pass laws that are so foolish they force Google to not be able to operate in those countries,” he said, referring to a recent French law that requires companies to store unencrypted passwords for one year.

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May 19, 2011 12:59 PM CDT
Facial Recognition technology? Hell, I'm 69 years old and I can't recognize my own face in the mirror!
May 19, 2011 12:45 PM CDT
If the technology is getting that good then DHS and TSA will be all over it. We'll be presenting our faces to cameras at boarding gates.
May 19, 2011 11:14 AM CDT
I don't understand.. Do they mean 'filming you via YOUR webcam and saving your pictures in their databases'? I don't see how any company could get away with that. Anyone know what they mean?