Google Glass Facial Recognition App Wants to Match Your Face to All of Your Online Profiles

Here’s a great app for those who fear being surrounded by criminal sex offenders: Name Tag. It’s an app being developed to match faces to the app’s vast database of social profile images, dating websites, and even the national sex offender registries.

The app is currently in beta, but since Google Glass does not officially endorse facial recognition, it could potentially be used on jailbroken devices. Further, it should go without saying that this app brings out the creepiest potential of Glass users. The app makers encourage you to ‘not be a stranger’ but doesn’t acknowledge the fact that strangers, at least nice ones, should not have to take pictures of new acquaintances to find their online profiles. All you have to do is ask.

In addition to matching your faces to online databases, the app also has a Name Tag option that allows you to link your personal photo with all of your social media profiles – potentially to make the matching process easier:

Connect your info and interests with the world by simply sharing your most unique feature – your face.  Nametag links your face to a single, unified online presence that includes your contact information, social media profiles, interests, hobbies and passions and anything else you want to share with the world.

Using the NameTag smartphone or Google Glass app, simply snap a pic of someone you want to connect with and see their entire public online presence in one place.

Further, this might be a nightmare for job interviews – especially if the app links potential employees to undesirable profiles. Thankfully, the app makers will eventually allow users to turn off the matching capabilities and edit for work and personal profiles:

People will soon be able to login to and choose whether or not they want their name and information displayed to others. It’s not about invading anyone’s privacy; it’s about connecting people that want to be connected. We will even allow users to have one profile that is seen during business hours and another that is only seen in social situations. NameTag can make the big, anonymous world we live in as friendly as a small town.