This post has been updated with a statement from CNN.
Google denied a CNN report published Thursday morning that said the company is planning to introduce an app, based off its Google Goggles service, that would recognize people’s faces and link those images to personal information. The story has made a splash on several news sites and understanably raised privacy concerns.
But Google says it’s simply not true.
The CNN report has Google employee Harmut Neven, the Technical Lead Manager for Image Recognition, on record saying that the program would be an opt-in app that would grant Google permission to access their pictures and personal information.
CNN also quoted a Google spokesperson who said there is no release deadline for the facial recognition app the report discusses.
"As we've said for more than a year, we will not add facial recognition to Goggles unless we have strong privacy protections in place," a Google spokesman told PCMag. "We're still working on them. We have nothing to announce at this time."
The company was stronger in its statement to SlashGear and Android Community, saying, “A number of items ‘reported’ in the story, such as a potential app connecting phone numbers, email addresses and other information with a person’s face, are purely speculative and are inventions of the reporter.”
Update:A CNN spokeswoman said, "Google’s claims do not fit the facts of the situation. This interview was prearranged – on the record – and staffed by a Google PR rep, who raised no objections at the time and did not deny what the engineer said. Additionally, we have an audio recording of the interview, as does Google. We stand firmly behind Mark’s reporting.”