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Congress Looking to Legislate Google Glass



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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 17: Attendees wear Google Glass while posing for a group photo during the Google I/O developer conference on May 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Eight members of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus sent a letter to Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page seeking answers to privacy questions and concerns surrounding Google's photo and video-equipped glasses called "Google Glass". The panel wants to know if the high tech eyeware could infringe on the privacy of Americans. Google has been asked to respond to a series of questions by June 14. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Congress is debating how to deal with privacy and other legal issues pertaining to Google's new wearable computer Google Glass. And that's probably why Google has been at the Capitol giving demonstrations and clearing the way for the device's rollout next year.

    Four states have already introduced legislation to ban the device while driving, while industries such as casinos and health care facilities are barring the wearable computer, according to Politico. Google glass is already banned in the Speaker's Lobby of Congress.
    “It’s one of those things we’re just going to have to see how it evolves,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. told Politico after a hands-on demonstration of the device courtesy of Google.
    “The best way for people to understand new technology like Glass is for them to experience it firsthand," said a Google spokesman. Google's vice president for public policy, Susan Molinari, also gave a letter to the Privacy Caucus cofounder Rep. Joe Barton pointing out Google will eliminate facial-recognition software.
    Google Glass isn't even available to the public and is only in the hands of beta-testers willing to pay $1,500 to use the device. Google reportedly could make the device available next year -- but where users will be able to use the wearable computer could be greatly limited by then.