It looks like Google is really taking Google Glass privacy concerns to the core, while not completely bowing down to those are are utterly afraid of every piece of technology that has the ability to look at them in the face. Facial recognition in Glassware apps such as the MedRef for Glass app for Doctors and an API created by Lambda Labs will get disapproval from Google, until privacy protections are in place. As the Glass team put it:
We’ve been listening closely to you, and many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass. As Google has said for several years, we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time.
Considering how open the software is, it shouldn’t be a problem for developers to continue coming up with new ideas locally on the device, as well as testing them out. Until then, it’s up to Google to give blessing to the facial recognition capabilities of Google Glass.