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VR devices transport you to a wholly virtual world, while AR devices put a digital overlay on top of the real world.

In both cases, XR devices need to localize within your space. This is done through a variety of sensors including GPS, Bluetooth, IMUs (internal measurement units), and cameras that simultaneously localize and map your environment. Because these devices process the environment, they have unique privacy considerations both for the user and for bystanders.

In addition to mapping, many XR devices use sensitive information to render and interact with effects. This can include eye tracking, hand tracking, object recognition, and potentially facial recognition.

Our organization cares about the privacy of both users and bystanders. In general, we support a federal approach to privacy regulation. More specifically, we strive to establish best practices for data collection, storage, and processing that are consistent with societal and ethical norms around the world.