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Privacy experts urge caution with Snap Spectacles

Privacy advocates worry that Snap Spectacles could be used, purposely or inadvertently, to record people in compromising positions without consent or knowledge. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Privacy advocates worry that Snap Spectacles could be used, purposely or inadvertently, to record people in compromising positions without consent or knowledge. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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The company behind wildly popular Snapchat is hoping that new Snap Spectacles will catch on with the teenagers who prefer Snapchat over other social media platforms.

But privacy advocates worry that the glasses could be used, purposely or inadvertently, to record people in compromising positions without consent or knowledge.

"They can be recording someone in the wrong place," said Marc Lamber, an attorney and legal analyst at Fennemore Craig, P.C.

The danger, according to Lamber, is that the glasses make it easy to record people without their knowledge and that teenagers may not understand that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in certain situations. Violating that expectation could result in legal action against the teen or his or her parents.

"They could be responsible civilly and criminally for doing that. So this is something that could live with a young person for a long time," said Lamber.

In Arizona, it is legal to for one party to a conversation to record another party in that conversation without that person's knowledge. But there are places where covert videotaping is illegal. Restrooms, dressing rooms and areas where people are undressed are examples.

If someone has a reasonable expectation of privacy, they may be able to file a civil lawsuit against someone else for photographing them without consent. A reasonable expectation of privacy exists in private spaces.

Lamber warns that if a teenager is not mature enough to understand these concepts, they may not be mature enough to use tech gadgets like Snap Spectacles.

"The most important thing from my perspective is for parents to be involved with their kids and know what their kids are doing," said Lamber.

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