Google glass app has the ability to identify you , and instantly find all information about you, just by looking at you!

Its called “Nametag”, its a mobile app that has the ability to scan anyones face, and then search a number of databases such as facebook, to find a match. All Info that can be found about that person is then displayed. The problem , though, someone is certainly going to notice you getting in their face with your phone to scan them. That’s where the discrete Google Glass comes in….

Sex offender? Gotcha. An international superstar? Got you! A nobody, got you too! A career criminal? I see all you have done, its right here in my face!  This new technology on Google Glass might just have you too.

Especially if you have a criminal record.

The new technology isn’t coming from Google, or from Facebook — although it is powered by their technologies, well, kind of.  Instead, it’s coming from a little startup company here in Las Vegas, that stores a database of different faces on a website called FacialNetwork.com.

In a video released today, NameTag announced that it is releasing the first facial recognition app for Google Glass in beta.

Hidden face. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

The organization also claims its technology can let users scan  more than 2.5 million faces including 450, 000 entries in the U. S. National Sex Offender Registry, potentially identifying another person’s court records upon site. This database is adding thousands of faces daily.

“It’s much easier to meet interesting new people once we can simply look at someone, see their Facebook, review their LinkedIn page and maybe even see their dating internet site profile, ” said NameTag’s creator Kevin Alan Tussy. “Often we were reaching people blindly or not interacting at all. NameTag on Google Glass can alter all that. ”

This almost sounds like the “Girls around me” app. In the event that you haven’t yet heard of the Girls Around Me application, you should know that it feeds away from publicly available geolocation information from Foursquare and Facebook  and other social media profiles like google+ and linkedin to produce maps of eligible “girls” (or “guys”) around you at that moment.

Girls Around Me

It’s when you push the radar button that “Girls Around Me” activates. When activated, the app instantly goes into radar mode, and after just a few seconds, the map around will be full of pictures of single girls who were in the area.

John Brownlee’s article from www.cultofmac.com  describes how he pulled out the app at a party, only to watch female guests recoil at the way data from Facebook and Foursquare was depicted, with each woman represented on the map as a “Matrix-like” silhouette of a naked pole dancer or stripper.

Some of the guests’ comments:

“Wait… what? Are these girls prostitutes? ”

“How does it know where these girls are? ”

“Do you know all these girls? ”

“Is it plucking data from your address book or something? ”

The answers Brownlee gave: No, they truly are not prostitutes, they truly are just regular women. The data from the women, including their specific location, reams of photos, Facebook details including birthdays or relationship status or schools attended, was publicly broadcast from Facebook and Foursquare’s check-in functions.

Girls Around Me app

 

Brownlee wanted to give it a try. He wanted to stalk guys and girls in his neighbor hood. Just to get a feel for how much information is out there.

He wanted to walk up to people in bars and commence chatting with them about where they went along to college (or senior school, depending on how tender, young and juicy my targets ended up to be), their relationship status, what racy things they “Liked” on Facebook, or about the photos they posted on Facebook last week-end when they were drunk.

2. He wanted to “Stalk himself” to see how it works.

In preparation for him stalking himself, he wanted to dial down use of images and information that is personal on Facebook, and he wanted to check to ensure friends weren’t checking me in to places. He also desired to make sure I hadn’t done anything bone-headed in the past, like produce a geolocation stalker-aid myself.

In searching for geo-babbling apps on my phone, for example, I stumbled upon Twitter’s perpetual nagging for an update.

As far as my applications go, Twitter uses location, as does Yelp.

3. He concluded that Girls Around Me was an exceptionally useful tool to use to teach people how their geolocation and other supposedly personal data can be used in surprisingly stalker-ish ways.

He states “I have never had such a clear way to demonstrate simply how much information you can pull up on someone”.

Considering that the API access was pulled, Girls Around Me has voluntarily removed the application from Apple’s AppStore.

That is not the end of it, though. Vlad Vishnyakov, Product Lead developer for Girls Around Me with the Russian app developer i-Free Innovations, said on Monday that negotiations with Foursquare are in progress.

Vishnyakov sent lengthy statement  to the Wall Street Journal, which published it in full, defending the app.

He also noted that Girls Around Me developers work to hammer out their differences:

“Still, I hope to make our position and goals clear and prepared to change the app to meet foursquare (and the community) requirements. Also, we planing to continue the app development but limit it to showing only public places and venues. ”

What exactly did Girls Around Me do to breach Foursquare’s API policy?

Based on Foursquare, it is because of aggregating information across venues. They said:

“We have an insurance policy against aggregating information across venues using information from our service, to prevent situations like this where somebody would present an inappropriate overview of a number of locations. ”

I suppose this means that i-Free Innovations messed up by broadcasting users’ locations without their explicit permission.

That’s a pretty darn good policy. It’s one thing to know, in the abstract, that the personal information, photos, location, address, and more can be utilized by some theoretical stalker. We yammer on about it in security journalism.

I watch people nod.

Their eyes glaze over.

Nobody was nodding and looking bored in Brownlee’s description of taking out Girls Around Me at that party.

I hope the application returns. I hope it returns requiring explicit permission from users to be depicted on a map.

I would like a tool like that. It’s worth a million words, and it’s worth a thousand finger-wags over privacy.

I doubt, however, that the applying will be a showstopper at many parties if it does, however.

I doubt (and granted, I may be overly optimistic when it comes to people’s tendency to say yes to random applications, here) that those maps will be as well-populated.

I’m hoping that a requirement to explicitly request geolocation of users would turn those maps into ghost towns.

In the meantime, check your applications. Stay safe. check always what they’re beaming out about you. Check your youngsters’ applications.

And if you read about an application that disturbs you, write to the developers, and/or to the geolocation service feeding it. If you’re appalled, let them know.

They may be possibly listening ;)

 

One comment to Google glass app has the ability to identify you , and instantly find all information about you, just by looking at you!

  • guvesdilort  says:

    Privacy concerns

    That is really scary stuff. Is anything private anymore?