In an interview with Joe Rogan, Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges that Meta’s smart glasses could easily be hacked to allow users to covertly register others.

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In a 3-hour talk with the Spotify podcast, Zuckerberg defended the glasses but acknowledged it could be possible to secretly record with them.

On his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” on Thursday, Joe Rogan questioned Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg about whether Meta’s smart glasses may pose a privacy risk.

Highlights

  • Zuckerberg told Rogan the company “continues to work on new versions” of the glasses.

  • The voice-activated camera and microphone are located in the corners of the glasses frame and allow users to take pictures or movies with the smart glasses, which Meta creates in partnership with Ray-Ban. The smart glasses were introduced in September 2021.

The Meta CEO pushed back, saying the product comes with a light in the corner that flashes when videos or photos are being recorded. “That, I think, is a really important part of this,” he said.

In one exchange, Rogan challenged Zuckerberg, asking whether such a discreet camera could bring about privacy concerns “if people can just start filming things.”

However, Rogan countered, asking whether “a creep” could just put a piece of tape over the light.

Zuckerberg acknowledged the possibility, saying, “I guess, in theory.”

“It blinks, and it’s a pretty active indicator,” he said of the flashing light on the smart glasses. Zuckerberg also predicted a piece of tape could interfere with the glasses’ camera. Meta could not be immediately reached for comment about the exchange.

Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, Meta, is no new to privacy issues. The business recently came under fire for turning over private Facebook communications to police looking into a suspected illegal abortion in Nebraska.

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