On January 26, 2023, the Catholic Law community joined together for the first presentation of the 2023 Student Scholars Series, given by third-year law student Liam Fulling. Fulling's work entitled, "Eyeing the Next Revolution of Wearable Technology: How the Law Should Frame Smart Glasses," examines the safety and public surveillance concerns around wearable technology, and the need for a legislative response to data privacy. The Presentation respondent was Professor Emeritus Clifford Fishman.
Despite a history of bungled product drops and highly reluctant buyers, more companies than ever are making the same bet on the next revolution of wearable technology: smart glasses are in. Whether used for occupational training or to seamlessly capture a user’s first skydiving experience, smart glasses are a game-changing innovation for consumers. But how does a device that is both inconspicuous yet complex alter the landscape of the law? Liam Fulling argues that a light touch approach to smart glasses technology is necessary when responding to user safety and public surveillance concerns, but that a more forceful response to data privacy is a legislative priority.
The Student Scholars Series was founded in 2009 by Catholic Law Professor A.G. Harmon to recognize notable legal scholarship produced by members of the student body during the academic year and to foster the skills associated with presenting and defending that scholarship in a professional, conference-style setting.
Below is a recording of the January 26 program.