New phone and Google Glass app could let people stalk you online
An app released for both smartphones and Google Glass would allow users to search for a person’s social media profile, possibly without their knowledge, CNet reported on Tuesday.
The app, NameTag, uses facial-recognition software to identify a person by cross-referencing their image with photos posted not only on popular websites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but the National Sex Offender Registry.
“I believe that this will make online dating and offline social interactions much safer and give us a far better understanding of the people around us,” developer Kevin Alan Tussy said in a statement promoting the app. “It’s much easier to meet interesting new people when we can simply look at someone, see their Facebook, review their LinkedIn page or maybe even see their dating site profile. Often we were interacting with people blindly or not interacting at all.”
However, Tussy does not account for a person who might have an online profile listed privately, or what would happen if the app matches someone with a person listed in the sex offender registry by mistake. CNet reported that instead, he encouraged people to log into the app’s website and opt out of being identified.
Google has thus far banned apps using facial-recognition software from being sold on its online Glass store. But VentureBeat reported that Google has also released instructions on how to “jailbreak” the Glass units, which would allow for apps like NameTag to be uploaded.
“There will be many providers of augmented reality headsets,” Tussy said in his statement. “Even if facial recognition is not supported by some, I’m confident that there will be solutions for such limitations.”
Watch Tussy demonstrate the app, as posted online in December 2013, below.