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Although the vision for augmented reality has been cast for decades, it is becoming more and more of a mainstream reality in recent years. Household titans in the tech community are investing billions of dollars and time into AR. The programs have the potential to enhance a wide array of human experiences. Economic, social, and cultural activities are set to grow and change. Naturally, like most things, AR can corrupt or go against are cultural and social values. 

The advances of augmented reality raise many of the same concerns, especially with privacy and security, that cell phones had when they came to light. When it comes to new laws and the justice system, it’s essential to prepare for potential violations that can occur with AR. 

Any legal discussion must be grounded in an agreed protocol of the artifact under consideration. That artifact is augmented reality. Augmented reality is simply defined as an approximate class of technologies that affect the real world through a technological lens. 

Law itself has its own rules and regulations. Concepts are often grounded in historical, cultural, or social mores. To look at AR and the justice system, we can focus primarily on issues of privacy. From the pre-technological issues of espionage and patents to the presence of the internet, privacy has always been intertwined with the law. AR, in itself, can become an issue when it comes to privacy. Here are a few potential problem markers involving AR and privacy.

  • The evolving nature of GPS and drone technology
  • Information communicated to a third party in real-time
  • Possible limits or issues with free speech
  • Problems involving real-time response and intellectual privacy laws

It can be hard to anticipate the effects of augmented reality and the law. But it’s as important to understand the complexities of the law and the potential warning signs of AR.