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Top 10 Places that Have Banned Google Glass

Google Glass hasn’t even hit shelves and it’s already getting banned. But, before we get ahead of ourselves. What exactly is Google Glass? And, why are people afraid of it?

Google Glass can best be described as a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD). By using voice commands the glasses can take pictures, videos and essentially do everything else that you could on Google. Wearers can search for directions, check their email and connect to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Glass may also revolutionize how we connect on Google+ … Sounds pretty cool, right?

Unless you’re part of a privacy advocacy group or a place of business, Google Glass is already raising concerns. They have questions regarding the intrusion of privacy, and the etiquette and ethics of using the device in public, where people could be recorded without permission. There are also safety and security concerns as well for the people wearing Google Glass.

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Because of these concerns, Google Glass has already received a number of pre-bans at certain places. Don’t be surprised if the number of locations continue to increase, but for now, here are the top 10 places that have banned Google Glass.

10. Banks/ATMs

In this crazy age of identity theft it’s not exactly far-fetched for banks to be wary of Google Glass. It seems completely plausible for a wearer to sneak in behind a customer and snap a quick picture of their personal information, such as their ID or bank account info.

9. Sports Arenas/Concert Venues

If you frequent a sporting event or concert you’re already aware that most of the time you’ll get denied recording the event. Of course, this was easier before everyone had a smartphone, but security has adjusted and are quick to scold you if you’re caught recording. Because these locations already ban cameras, it’s not a stretch to believe that Google Glass is banned as well.

8. Locker Rooms/Dressing Rooms

It’s one thing for someone to take a picture of us without knowing in a public location. It’s a completely different beast if someone snapped a pic of you in your birthday suit. To help protect people at their most vulnerable, locations where people are naked definitely have to ban Google Glass for precautionary measures.

And let’s not forget the etiquette of wearing Google Glass in the men’s room.

7. Movie Theaters

Film privacy is already a major concern for the film industry. Like concerts and sporting events, it was easier to spot pirates before smartphones, but theaters still crackdown on anyone caught recording a movie. Still, having a camera at eye-level is something completely different. Do you really think that a movie theater would allow a person wearing glasses equipped with a video recorder inside?

6. Cars

Legislators in states like West Virginia and Arizona are concerned about their citizens safety while driving, which is why these states are attempting to ban people from “using a wearable computer with head mounted display.” This measure will most likely be followed by the 39 other states and Washington D.C. who have already prohibited texting while driving. Glassing & Driving is already set to be banned in the UK.

5. Hospitals

Hospitals, like many other places of business, are worried about patients privacy. Since hospitals also contain some of our most vital data, an open folder or stray piece of paper could end up as a photo in Glass. Which, in case you weren’t aware, could be very bad news for a person’s identity.

4. Classrooms

Whether it’s an elementary classroom or a college lecture hall, many schools are already banning Google Glass. Locations where children attend is easy to understand, unfortunately there are a lot of creeps out there, the college classroom is somewhat puzzling. Sure. A professor may have to contend with a student goofing off online as opposed to paying attention in class, but Google Glass could help students take notes or record the lecture for assistance.

3. Strip Clubs

Many of the finer gentleman’s clubs make patrons check their cell phones, or any recording devices, at the door. It’s not surprising that some clubs, such as the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, have already informed customers that their Google Glass will not be accompanying them to the Champagne Room.

2. Casinos

Since basically every casino in the nation frowns upon recording devices of any kind – because of fear of cheating-, it’s not surprising that casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City have already banned Google Glass from entering their locations.

1. Bars

The owner of the 5 Point Cafe in Seattle was almost ahead of everyone when he banned Google Glass back in March. Of course, this made international headlines and sparked controversy. After-all, isn’t common for those getting their drink on to snap an endless amount of pictures via their smartphones? But, it appears that David Meinert and his Seattle bar were just looking to protect customers from the so-called “glassholes” out there.

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104 thoughts on “Top 10 Places that Have Banned Google Glass

  1. Hi Albert,

    It’s funny that a product that doesn’t even exist in a final, mass produced form is being banned. But I can totally understand why. There’s a lot of fear circling around the Glass concept, privacy and legal matters coming up high on the list of priorities.

    But snooping technology is cheap and easy to get hold of. It’s nothing new. Glass (as creepy as the technology driving it is) at least makes it very clear to those around the wearer what it is.

    Still, I’m not sold on Google’s miracle device. Just not for me.

    1. It’s a lot easier to regulate something before it is widespread.
      If people already know that Google Glass is going to be prohibited in lots of situations, they might decide it’s not worth the hassle. Once a huge number of people have it, though, they will start resisting. It’s basically the difference between:
      “That’s pretty expensive for something I won’t be able to use most of the time”
      vs
      “I spent hundreds of dollars on this thing, and now every place I go is telling me not to use it???”

  2. They won’t be able to stop it, especially at concerts. They’re allowing the GoPro at festivals, why not Google Glass? Are they really that fundamentally that different?

  3. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in public places. Private venues can make their own rules, but make no mistake – permission isn’t needed to record/photograph a person in a public place.

    1. Actually, that depends on the local laws, and whether you have announced that you are recording or not. Audio recordings are illegal in some states unless you announce to the subjects that they are being recorded. In Kentucky, at least one participant in a conversation must be aware the recording is taking place. In Maryland, all participants must be aware the audio recording is taking place – even in public!

      1. You are right about the audio recording laws in some states. However, those laws are actually getting deemed unconstitutional day after day. It violates 1st amendment rights to a free press.

    2. That depends on the local laws. At Austria you can take a photo from me. But you have no rights to use it anywhere without my permission. [right in one's own image]

      And I agree with this statement
      “I wouldn’t want to enter my pin code for my debit card in the grocery store if someone wearing Glass was standing nearby.”

    3. While Permission is not needed to film in a many public place, it’s my Opinion that many in the public want to just live Their lifes in Semi private. Law or no law I can see Quite a few people Removing the threat of being filmed, in a manner of Relieveing the person of his/or hers google glasses.

      1. How is this any different from stealing the camera from a photographers hands. Does your comment condone theft?

      2. Matt
        That what I am saying is that when technology does not keep up with privacy people will take the law into their own hands. I don’t condone theft but many people Will be threatened by technology, And the abuses of it with people hiding behind the law even if is is the law. People will be people simple as that. When does a person’s use of this device cross over the line. I personally have two grandchildren I am very interested in what people do around my grandchildren Recording them without my permission or their parents permission is for me crossing the line. I can see your points but again When does technology becomes abuse.

  4. Most people with all their buttons don’t want to be “spied on.” My guess is that those who will use them to take pics ‘n vids will hide behind the, “it’s my art” excuse.

  5. This is stupid , you should be able to record anything you would be able to look at , otherwise why would you even be allowed to look at something but not record.

    1. Robert, Where would you draw the line at Recording. Looking at something or someone is not the same of Recording and using it was you deem Appropriate, Which may not be appropriate to the people that you were recording.

      1. There’s a huge difference between looking and something and recording it/slapping it on the internet. Just ask anyone who’s ever been featured on Tosh.O

  6. What needs to be understood is the goal of Google Glass isn’t recording but the enhancement of the visual field. This means that you look at a headline on a paper someone is reading and can immediately read the article in question. It also means that with the right database available you look at a license plate and you see the name and address of the person it is registered to.

    Another “reality enhancement” could easily be identification of people. You see someone and with enhancement can overhear an email address. Ding! You now have a picture, a voiceprint and an email address to go with it. Next time you meet this person you get a display of everything you know about them. With facial recognition in the system or shared photos you might get “public” information other people have collected as well. Suddenly, you are close friends with them and know all sorts of stuff about them. Might be a great thing, but think what this does for any sort of privacy… and think what it does for con artists.

    This is an interesting lab experiment but Google Glass is an utter failure as a product. The ramifications of giving people this capability were not thought out at all.

    1. No kidding, this is so scary!! What, now, having thugs/burglars following you in the car, running license plate, finding out where you live, driving by, looking for on facebook or a host of other things, watching place to see habits of work or school, and bamm-o victims of burglaries or worse start popping up! I am 100% against this…. if I EVER see someone with a pair on lookiing my direction, I will pull ‘em right off their nosy freakin’ face! Worse than papparazzi (spelling?). This is just unreal!!!

      1. I am still struck at the nonsense spewed by the illiterates. Why would wearing Glass help someone learn your license plate, where you live or work? That can be done easily without a problem. The “ban” began as a way to prevent the disclosure of folks cheating on their spouse/girlfriend. It’s why cameras are banned at casinos.

        The next iteration of Glass will be virtually indistinguishable from regular glasses so what then? Are we going to ban the new Samsung wearable computer? Like guns or cars, a small percent will abuse the usage – the price we pay for progress.

      2. @SMB

        Not sure why worrying about privacy makes someone illiterate.

        I’m also not sure how you can characterize things like shooting sprees as “the price we pay for progress”–are you kidding? That’s a pretty ethically abhorrent thing to say. I have a feeling that your definition of “progress” is very, very different from mine.

        I think social progress means increased concern for people’s rights–including the right to privacy (which, to me, encompasses the right to know when you’re being photographed and/or recorded). You seem to think progress has more to do with cool smart phone apps and the shiny new toys Google spits out year after year.

        Technological determinism is a nice idea (in theory) but it justifies some pretty terrible things (like the statement you made earlier, about gun violence being the price of progress).

        The fact that privacy violations exist now is not a reason that Google should be allowed to give people the tools to violate other people’s privacy–that’s like saying racism already exists, so we might as well teach kids racial slurs.

    2. That may be the scariest post I’ve read in a long time. Completely agree that it hasn’t been thought out at all.

    3. As most seem to miss the point, the idea behind Google Glass is to have a web-connected device looking at what you are seeing and adding to the experience. In order to do that pretty much everything you look at gets run through one or more servers to help find patterns and additional information.

      Look at the JewGlass app. It will tell you if the restaurant you are looking at serves Kosher dishes or not. How? By using public databases and your location.

      Why would you not have a FriendGlass app that would show you everything you know about someone when you look at them? And why would it not bring up their recent activity on Facebook, Twitter, and so on. Easy birthday reminder, right? Or their anniversary. Or the five year anniversary for an employee.

      Extending this to tracking down people from license plates is a small step then lacking only the character recognition and the crowd-sourced license plate database. And the character recognition will be there as it is so useful for other things.

      One more idea on this is there are semi-public databases of crime statistics by street. How about a warning that pops up if you turn a corner and walk into a so-called high crime area? Today this could be done with a phone, but it would require you to ask if you we’re in a high crime area. With Glass you are running it all real-time with a window that is always visible.

      How about an app that shows you the lyrics for the song that you are hearing? We have the building blocks for that now, but this would be able to do it full time.

      The difference is the connectivity and the servers behind the apps on the device itself. If this was just a video camera there wouldn’t be anywhere near this level of concern.

  7. Terrible article, it states that “here are the top 10 places that have banned Google Glass” and then in the list keeps speculating about places where google glass may be banned.

    They may ban it in concert venues, they may ban it in cars, many schools ban them… how about naming a couple of examples to back up these very nebulous claims.

  8. I wouldn’t want to enter my pin code for my debit card in the grocery store if someone wearing Glass was standing nearby. So I guess that means they can wear Glass in their house and their back yard and on the street. Very useful!

  9. Within a few short years, the electronics of the Glass will be so small the’ll be undetectable and a part of standard glasses worn by everyone. So much for privacy.

    1. Thanks. I have said this to all those needlessly upset at all the hype (mostly the uninformed who get their “news” from Youtube or blogs). What about Samsungs new wearable computer or (as you note) the shrinkage and incredible proliferation of seeing eyes. People get so hung up over needless things like a pin numbers. This also requires getting the information on your bank card and this is for the criminal element – not those eaer to enhance the viewing experience with Glass.

      1. @SMB

        It’s nice that you’ve never been a victim of identity theft. Those of us who have might be taking “needless things like pin numbers” a little bit more seriously than you seem to.

      2. At least someone got what I was saying. There’s nothing in Glass that isn’t subject to at least a 5x physical shrink within a few years. The result will be glasses (contacts?) that are undetectable. How will you regulate *that* without resorting to a police state? As it is now, professional and amateur photographers routinely get roughed up and arrested by police for simply taking film/video in public – not sure I want to give them anymore ‘ammunition’ in that area. I see this as a tradeoff where we lose some privacy but gain ubiquitous imagery for self-documentation and legal purposes. A fair trade in my book, but unstoppable in any case.

  10. My school does not yet have a policy on these device s in particular. However, there is a general understood policy that each professor/Instructor can set the policy for classroom recordings and in class internet access, which this device falls under. Therefore, on my syllabus I include a general blank statement about permanently dismissing anyone who records the class without my permission. However, when a student has requested permission to record I have never denied them. I doubt I would with these devices.

  11. Anyone who actually wears these things should be punched in their rapidly shriveling gonads. Google glasses are nothing more than the latest in hipster douchebaggery….

      1. This is the usual response to virtually every new technology – I hate it, won’t use it, it’s evil, awful company….return in five years and they have version 5.2 and are talking about the next upgrade. You obviously have no idea what Glass is to be used for. Criminals seem to have no problem committing crimes without Glass. Note: Next generation Glass will be indistinguishable from regular glasses and Samsung’s “wearable net” will also be undetectable.

    1. Understand that if this was just for recording video or taking pictures there wouldn’t be a problem. What makes this product different is the “reality enhancement” that the software offers.

      Have you seen the old Terminator movie? You know, the part where he looks at the gearshift handle and sees a schematic and instructions on how to use it. That is the power here.

      But remember, today on the Internet we have 90% porn and 9% opinion. The rest is personal information and private stuff. What do you think you Google Glass will be showing you? Instructions? Porn? Or personal information?

    1. John hearbroken (?) If you love “privacy and freedom” (as if those who disagree with you don’t) then be sure and stay out of supermarkets, malls, gas stations, public highways, movie theaters, airports, schools and churches. I’m not sure about the “Google Military NSA” (lol) but you will find recording devices in all of these places.

  12. You really must invest in a copy editor. This interesting post is crippled by glaring grammatical mistakes.

  13. It’s funny people are concerned about this as if being able to wear a camera is new. I actually wear a small camera everywhere I go that mounts in my shirt pockets in the center of buttons which I sew on. nobody even realizes that I’m recording everything I do.

    1. You have to understand that the vast majority of those terrified of these Glasses have absolutely no idea what it is. They get their “news” from comment boards. Spycams are ubiquitous but since they are undetectable the posters terrified of Glass don’t protest. It’s like folks upset at guns (cameras) when the real problem is the intent of those with guns (cameras).

  14. Sure they can stop it at concerts. Frisk everyone going through the doors and take their google glass from them, tag it, and the owners of the glass can get it on their way out of the concert. However do not allow them to take it in with them. Its really easy to prevent this Orwellian Google Glass. Personally speaking I am going to hassle and haze everyone I see wearing this krap when I see it.

    1. Why .. because you are an obnoxious, self-righteous, Luddite wannabe??? Do you think you have some god-like obligation to tell anyone else what to do in public?? Are you so full of yourself that you can’t bear the thought of someone not just looking at you, but possibly taking your picture??? Is there some personal obligation you feel to point out people who aren’t ‘cool’, at least as you define it??

      Or are you just someone who things ignorance is bliss, that it’s OK for someone to go around with a camera recording everything you do as long as you don’t know about it?? I’ve walked around places with a camera under my arm silently taking pictures, but as soon as I put it up to my face, people change. It’s amazing how expressions change when people don’t know a camera is around.

      Or are you just jealous that you weren’t picked??

      Nah .. can’t be all of that. Sounds more like people who want to do harm or harass people with Google Glass are just d-bags. I personally don’t want one, just like I don’t want a 62″ TV. I cannot understand the vitriol and hatred so many that claim they don’t want them either, except to just think they are not very nice people.

      1. They have nothing else to do but vent – talk about getting a life. But they’d get mad at ANY new technology -self-driving cars, conversational robots, predictive medical devices, etc. The vitriol tells us that some folks have issues when they foam at the mouth at a product that;s not even on the market.

  15. Quality has gone to near zero in online reporting. “This measure will most likely be followed by the 39 other states”? With Arizona and West Virginia that makes 41 states..

    1. Anthony, you need to READ the entire sentence !!!! ……”This measure will most likely be followed by the 39 other states and Washington D.C. who have already prohibited texting while driving.”

    2. Actually, it’s your IQ that is approaching zero. If you were to able to fully comprehend what you read, you’d realize they were talking about the 41 states that have banned texting while driving:

      “This measure will most likely be followed by the 39 other states and Washington D.C. who have already prohibited texting while driving. “

    3. Read it again: it refers to the other 39 states which already ban texting and driving. (Yeah, I almost fell for it too.)

  16. Lots of folks have no clue as to the concept of “reasonable expectation of privacy”. They need to educate themselves.

  17. Some of these places that have banned Google Glass are going to have to change with the times. Recording devices are getting smaller and smaller. There are keychains, pens, car remotes, watches, cigarette lighters and glasses just to name a few that have cameras built into them. At some point, it’s going to be almost impossible to catch everything.

    If a hospital has an issue with people taking pictures of restricted, personal information, then they should probably spend efforts to keep that media/material out of view of the public. Seems like common sense to me.

  18. Your college-graduated “professional writer” apparently doesn’t know that to make a word possessive, an apostrophe and s are required. Maybe he was asleep in class that day. I learned to use the apostrophe in THIRD GRADE!!!

  19. I wear glasses. As soon as G. makes the hardware to fit into the temple pieces and frame, who will know that I am wearing them?

  20. no one will be comfortable around someone wearing one of these possibly recording every move and sound you make.

  21. Most of the places mentioned have cameras of their own which infringe on individual privacy, it seems only fair that the field be level and we also have the same right to use cameras. This is why policies should be carefully considered before being implemented. The individual should have the same rights as any corporation.

    One needs to be careful of banning things that may not be legally empowered to do so. If a bank for instance has a camera protecting their interests, why should I as a customer be deprived of my right to a camera which can be used to protect my interest.

    1. What??, and as a customer “your interests to be protected” are going to be protected by a pair of snooping picture-taking glasses?? WTH are you talking about, or are you soooooo reaching for some excuse/reason to SNOOP into other people’s lives? Sick-o, if you ask me. Peeping Toms running around – I tell ya, if I ever find someone using toward me personally, I will break the glasses instantly!!!
      A bank has a right AND A DUTY to protect its CUSTOMERS’ money – what do you have that you are needing “protection of” and protection from “whom”, may I ask?

      1. Why do you automatically assume anyone wanting to use an augmented reality device like the Google Glass is snooping? Are you projecting?

  22. The sheer amount of criminal uses I can think of off the top of my head for this product is staggering.
    Terrible idea. As soon as these go mainstream, watch what will happen from crooks and dishonest people.

  23. Oh rubbish. You know what Glass is ideal for? Managing hundreds of servers. Where I used to need to deal with a clumsy phone screen I can now easily do with the HUD.

    1. Well, good then, let’s restrict the dam things, and ban them where necessary – especially banks, restaurants, and DRIVING. That part about the licenses and following someone and finding out all their personal stuff is pretty scary in itself….

  24. Everybody spying on everyone. unfortunately the children of today have been taught that cameras and lack of privacy are NORMAL. So…If someone like myself makes a comment or issue about the lack thereof I (we) are considered weird, probably terrorists or worse. Oh well, statistically I will be dead in a few years…Not my problem?!? :)

  25. Don’t know where you came up with the information but some of it is fatally flawed.

    Most concert venues have given up trying to ban cameras. In most instances they now only try to stop video recording or use of professional equipment.

    Hospitals don’t care about your privacy, you pretty much have signed it all away when you sign the privacy statement that pretty much allows the hospital to sell everything to the world. They are worried about lawsuits. It is the reason that most banned cameras in the delivery room years ago. Too often the negligence of the doctor or staff was caught on camera and it allowed the person harmed to be more successful in litigation against the medical providers. But privacy? Ha… not any part of the reason.

  26. Classrooms are the only place I disagree with.

    It would be very nice to have access to something during a lecture that you forgot.

  27. It’s the most ridiculous, cumbersome, pointless thing to come out of the tech world in years – probably ever. Hey, let me spend tons of money on something I can’t wear ANYWHERE, that makes me look like a complete dork and that instantly implies that I’m a creepy stalker. If I see anyone wearing one of these things, I’m just going to point at them and laugh – and if anyone talks to me while wearing it, that conversation ends. Period. I have no idea what the people at Google were thinking with this. My phone does EVERYTHING this thing does – there is literally zero reason for Google Glass to exist – and the bans just keep coming, so that pretty soon the only place you can wear it is at home – where you already have a phone or computer anyway. Absolutely absurd. And no, I’m not from some competing company, I’m just someone who’s sick of worthless inventions coming out of the tech world. Come on, guys – invent something NEW – Google Glass is the equivalent of another item being added to the Taco Bell menu – an item with the same ingredients as everything else, but with a different shape, that instantly makes anyone buying it look like a pituitary case with a case of the gullibles.

    1. Your smartphone provides a hands free heads up display that overlays information onto reality? It is not that much of a stretch to see the Glass incorporating a phone. At that point, your hand held smartphone is obsolete and cumbersome.

  28. This seems rediculous. There are already glasses with hidden cameras on them that are in use now. Why the sudden worry over Glass which has a visible camera?

    1. Will there no end to the invasion of space. Can you not be in public with some privacy or is that long gone wishful thinking?

  29. Google glass will be used by common folk to protect themselves from executive over-reach…so those interested in that sort of control will of course try to preempt such usage via statute.

    Best of luck enforcing it, public servants discharging public duties on the public dole.

    As for copyright infringement, those statutes are long overdue for overhaul. Once you’ve paid for a concert attendance, you’ve paid for access to the content provided in perpetuity, just like owning an ‘album/dc/dvd’.

  30. When Google itself banned Google Glass from it shareholder meeting this last year it highlighted the issues it brings to the surface.

  31. How dumb to ban the glasses… as though stealth technology to record and take photos doesn’t or won’t soon exist. Game over clowns… technology wins.

  32. I think they should ban all spies from using Google Glass. Make them work for their purloined information, don’t make it easy for them.

  33. dunno but this is probably the first product that is being banned before it is in the market….

    Not only this glass had shown the cutting edge advancement in technology but it has also raised the security concerns as discussed in the article…

    There is a lot going to add in this list no doubt….

    But I am all excited to see this product in the market..

  34. all this privacy controversy is nice, but are all of us insane to completely pass over the fact that this dip-!@#$ is strapping a mini microwave receiver to his noggin? How long till he gets a tumor in that pea-brain of his? I haven’t seen one blog or complaint, or anything bringing up this fact. I friends with a guy who makes microwave parts for satellites, receivers etc. He told me NEVER put a cell phone or anything next to your body or head for any amount of time. So here we are, people strapping them to their heads. Should we pull an Angelina Jolie and just preemptively scoop our brains out to avoid getting a tumor?

  35. You really can’t enforce some of the rules, seriously what are you going to do when people walk up to the ATM wearing these?
    You going to complain to them?
    Call a cop?
    No one follows these sorts of rules and they are impossible to enforce.

  36. Add all  Military, Post Offices, Police Departments, Gate Guards, & Play Grounds. 
    Privacy laws have harsh penalties for those who violate the legal rights of others.  
    Also, do you want random strangers recording your children or snapping photos of things that really are none of their business ?

  37. Sooner or later, someone will suffer some kind of a severe personal loss as a direct consequence of the existence of this technology and the willingness of some people to use it. When that happens, it will only be a matter of time before we start seeing GoogleGlass wearers being assaulted (or worse) for no other reason than that they are discovered to be wearing the device. The only question is whether Google will be found criminally liable for providing it.

    1. Why on earth would Google be responsible for the illegal actions of some moron assaulting a person wearing one of their products? Let’s talk about lack of personal accountability. How about we hold auto manufacturers liable for drunk drivers.

  38. You are already being videotaped where ever you go. How do you think they caught the Boston terrorists so fast. There is nothing new about Google glass. It is illegal to tape record people in some states without their knowledge, but no state forbids photographing or videotaping strangers in public. Of course, you can’t use the photograph of a private person for monetary gain, without first obtaining a model release.

  39. Any one can legally carry an operating camcorder where ever they go, except a strip-club or movie theater. You have no expectation of privacy in public. Guys can and do photograph females on the beach. You want privacy, then earn enough to buy a mansion, and a high fence.

  40. I think with all the security cameras out there already do you really have any idea of privacy already? Google Glass just gets the recordings into the private sector now.

  41. How in the world does this make sense? Google Glass being banned before its even mass produced. All the things mentioned Google Glass would do can be done via a smartphone. Using Google Glass and driving is way more safer than looking at your phone and driving.

    In short this trend of articles popping up banning GG is just that. A trend.

  42. I am a teacher and the school paid for mine to be part of my regular perscriptoin glasses. Anyone telling me I cant wear my glasses causing me to be blind will be talking with my lawyer in court. Bring it on whitey!

  43. As a wise man once said, “It is not the tool to blame, it is the tool using the tool.”

  44. College classrooms are not surprising. Already many tenured profs, especially in the liberal arts programs, already prohibit recording devices and computers in class. The only reason I can figure for that is they don’t want it made public how sorry their teaching ability is.

  45. Although I agree that there are certain places Google Glass should not be allowed, you have to admit that there’s humor in this issue since the technology is quite visible. If it were completely inconspicuous (something like a contact or an earring) it seems like privacy and spying would be bigger concerns. However, in this early stage of development, how could you not notice that someone’s eyeball is practically covered up by the black and shiny equipment?

  46. I for once agree that we can not use them in certain places, hell if you go at an ATM and stay line and you take a video of the person in front from a rear position, you can practically get the security code (of course you still need the credit card), but what I mean, this is common sense … you are either stupid and use these in front of someone that can easily see you, or you don’t use them at all. Don’t know why the fuss over this case.

  47. As I can clearly tell, there are two distinct groups both for and against the Google Glass (and those grammar geeks too!). I’m personally in two minds about the Google Glass. I mean, on one hand it’s a completely revolutional device due to the functions it can provide. On the other hand, it could definitely be seen as a breach of personal privacy.

    Imagine though that you see a motorbike go past and on the side of the bikers helmet there is a camera. He just manages to glance at you as he flies past, recording a couple of seconds of footage. Is that enough to contact the police saying you’ve been unwillingly recorded? Even if it’s a safety device for the biker should he fall off, crash etc.?

    On the other hand, imagine that you’ve taken your children to a public park where you notice an individual wearing one of these. As they walk past the gates of the park they take a quick look at you and your kid(s). The uncertainty of their actions is what would scare you. Are they taking a morning stroll or are they actively searching for video footage of minors? A creepy though, I know, but how can we be sure of the intentions of people with the Google Glass. It seems as though people are judging the intentions of other people, before giving them a chance to explain themselves.

    Granted, certain places such as “mens club’s” and banks are completely understandable. Places where video footage is not allowed to be taken already is also understandable. But what’s the difference between a tourist with a visible camera and a tourist wearing these glasses. Yet again it’s the mystery that scares you.

    Maybe we should let Google release the flipping things and show us the capabilities before jumping to conclusions!

  48. I think most of you are missing out on one aspect of AR technologies like Glass. Who owns the continuous stream of video/audio/location data generated? You? Google? The NSA? How persistent is it? Who can subpoena it? Those saying it’s an unmitigated “bad” technology are probably short-sighted as to its beneficial uses. Those in the “it’s wonderful” category have probably not considered the negative aspects on privacy – theirs and other people’s.

    The law always catches up with technology eventually. The only question is how the legal system will weigh in on something that has uses we can’t even guess at yet and privacy implications for both wearers and those being observed.

  49. The banning of GG will become significantly more difficult and nearly impossible as the technology develops. Future models will be incorporated with prescription lenses (contact or otherwise). I can’t imagine how a driver, for example, who’s wearing Google Lenses will be able to be identified let alone banned from using one aspect of it (for safety concerns) when they’re simultaneously required by law to use a different aspect of it as a visual aid.

  50. We just heard on the news recently about a software developer that was issued a double ticket, one for over speeding and the other that came later for driving with Google glass, Google glass can be cool but abuse of it is where the problem lies