The glasses have technology that confuses facial-recognition software in cameras without impairing your vision.
The latest anti-facial recognition glasses may not become a fashion trend but they may protect your privacy.
BBC is reporting that scientists at Tokyo's National Institute of Informatics have developed a pair of glasses called a "privacy visor," which will prevent hidden cameras from using facial-recognition technology. The glasses -- which are in prototype stage right now -- have near-infrared light sources that confuses the software without impairing vision. They connect to a pocket power supply.
Facial-recognition software has been adopted in a variety of contexts, ranging from online social networks to mobile apps to digital signs.
According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), facial recognition technology has raised a number of privacy concerns because it can identify anonymous individuals in public and the data collected is susceptible to security breaches and hacking.
A FTC staff report recommends that companies be mindful of consumer privacy while using facial recognition technologies and ensure that any information collected is kept secure. The FTC report also asks social networks using facial recognition features to provide consumers with clear notice about how the feature works, what data it collects and how that data will be used.
"As a result of developments in facial recognition technology in Google images, Facebook et cetera and the popularisation of portable terminals that append photos with photographic information [geotags]... essential measures for preventing the invasion of privacy caused by photographs taken in secret and unintentional capture in camera images is now required," said Professor Isao Echizen, one of the inventors of the anti facial-recognition glasses.
Echizen said that the glasses will be reasonably priced. However, for those unwilling to spend the money, online Hacktivist group Anonymous suggests other easy ways of fooling facial recognition devices: wear a mask, apply elaborate make-up or tilt your head to more than 15 degrees to the side to make it undetectable.