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Augmented Reality Must Have Augmented Privacy

The promise of creating a persistence 3D digital clone of the world aligned with real-world coordinates goes by many names: “world’s digital twin,” “parallel digital universe,” “Mirrorworld,” “The Spatial Web,” “Magic Verse'' or a “Metaverse”. Whatever you call it, this new parallel digital world will introduce a new world of privacy concerns—even for those who choose to never wear it. For instance, Facebook Live Maps will seek to create a shared virtual map. LiveMaps will rely on users’ crowd-sourced maps collected by future AR devices with client-mapping functionality. Open AR, an interoperable AR Cloud, and Microsoft’s Azure Digital Twins are seeking to model and create a digital representation of an environment. 

Facebook’s Project Aria continues on that trend and will aid Facebook in recording live 3D maps and developing AI models for Facebook’s first generation of wearable augmented reality devices. Aria’s uniqueness, in contrast to autonomous cars, is the “egocentric” data collection of the environment—the recording data will come from the wearers’ perspective; a more “intimate” type of data. 

The Bystanders’ Right to Private Life

The AR Panopticon In modern times, the panopticon has become a metaphor for a dystopian surveillance state, where the government has cameras observing your every action. 

Legal Protection Against Panopticon

AR is Even More Privacy Invasive Than GPS and CSLI

Corporations Can Invade AR Privacy, Too

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