Snapchat glasses for kids may be violating people’s privacy


They’re called Snapchat Spectacles and they can record everything the wearer sees.

Which may be a problem with respect to privacy rights and intimate, private conversations.

At $150 each, the sunglasses aren’t cheap, but they are popular among young kids.

“Spectacles are sunglasses with an integrated video camera that makes it easy to create Memories. We’ve created one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world, capable of taking a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge, and we integrated it seamlessly into a fun pair of sunglasses,” reads a description on the Spectacles Web site.

Video is recorded in 10 second and 30 second increments. They can then be uploaded to the “Memories” section of a person’s Snapchat account.

An Internet children’s safety group, Protect Young Eyes, has put together an informational page about the glasses, coupled with a warning to parents to be aware of what the glasses can do.

“When a child is wearing these glasses to school, that’s a parenting problem,” the site explains. “It’s also a massive liability for the school. In the absence of solid digital policies, it’s possible it could be brought to task for privacy risk, and at worst, inappropriate content recorded at school, attributed to the school’s reputation.”

You can read the Protect Young Eyes information page on Snapchat Spectacles here.

You can also visit the Snapchat Spectacles page here.

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