extended reality

XR: Finding Balance

LEGAL • TECHNOLOGY 04.27.21

 

Virtual try-ons, smart fabrics and immersive tech captivate consumers.

Beyond consumerism, Extended Reality (XR) can "provide substantial benefits to individuals and society" in areas including medicine, education, job training and disaster relief.

Yet, there are no legal protections examining the "heightened privacy risk," according to a Future of Privacy Forum report on the privacy considerations of emerging, immersive digital worlds.

XR technology collects sensitive biometric user data on gaze, pupil measurements, iris identification and gait. There can be "spillover effects," where "bystanders outside of an XR experience may be affected" and "may not be aware" that the tech is "operating near them," the report explains.

Elaine Sarduy is a freelance writer and content developer @Listing Debuts