Google Glass explorers are not very popular in some circles, and the legal repercussions of wearing Google Glass are mounting, as laws are lagging behind the popularity of the wearable technology.
Driving While Wearing Glass
We first saw the legal confusion surrounding Google Glass last November when Google Glass Explorer Cecilia Abadie received a citation for violation of California V C section 27602 Television, which prohibits driving a car with a video screen in front of the driver. A San Diego judge dismissed the citation, but lawmakers in several states took note.
So far, eight states -- Missouri, Delaware, Illinois, New York, Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey and Wyoming -- have proposed legislation that would ban Google Glass while driving, reports Reuters. Google in turn has begun lobbying against the legislation in several states.
Google Glass Melee
In February, Google Glass made headlines once again when tech writer Sarah Slocum claimed that she was attacked, in San Francisco's notorious punk bar Molotov's, for wearing Google Glass, according to the Los Angeles Times. Slocum alleged that she was verbally and physically assaulted, and had the Google Glass removed from her. During the scuffle, her purse and phone were stolen, explains the Los Angeles Times.
Google Glass Bans
As a result, of the Molotov's melee, The Willows, a South of Market bar and restaurant has instituted a "no Google Glass" policy, because patrons "have expressed concerns with being recorded while enjoying themselves," reports the Los Angeles Times. And they are not the first.
Last November, two Seattle establishments -- both owned by the same person -- made headlines when their policy prohibiting Google Glass in its lounge and diner, led to the expulsion of a disgruntled Google Glass Explorer (otherwise known as a "Glasshole" -- Google's words, not mine), who would not remove Glass, reports CBS.
That's not all. This past January, the Department of Homeland Security removed a moviegoer who was wearing Glass on suspicion that he was illegally recording the movie, reports Forbes. While the Motion Picture Association of America ("MPAA") has not released any statements pertaining to Google Glass, the MPAA leaves it to theater owners to ban recording devices, explains Forbes.
We think it's safe to say that this is just the beginning. People are concerned about invasions of privacy, and being unaware that they are being recorded. As we start seeing more and more Google Glass on the street, we bet we'll also see more signs that say "No Google Glass Allowed."
- Google Glass: Best Networking Tool Ever? (FindLaw's Technologist Blog)
- Driving While Wearing Glass. The New Driving Offense? (FindLaw's Technologist Blog)
- What Does it Take to Become a Glasshole? 50 Words and $1500 (FindLaw's Technologist Blog)