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Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses


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The Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses

The Italian authority said it wanted to be informed on measures Facebook has put in place to protect people occasionally filmed, in particular children, as well as on systems adopted to make data collected anonymous and features of the voice assistant connected to the glasses.

Credit: Ray-Ban and Facebook/REUTERS

Italian data protection authority Garante has asked Facebook to provide it with clarifications related to its newly launched smart glasses, to determine the product's compliance with that nation’s privacy laws.

Developed with Ray-Ban manufacturer EssilorLuxottica, the Ray-Ban Stories glasses allow users to hear music, take calls, or shoot photos and videos and share them across Facebook's services via a companion application.

Garante made its request via the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), which oversees Facebook because the social-media giant's European headquarters are based in Ireland.

The regulator said it wanted clarification on measures Facebook has deployed to shield people occasionally filmed, especially children, and on systems adopted to anonymize collected data, and features of the smartglasses' voice assistant.

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