Bar Bans Google Glass Pre-Emptively

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A Seattle bar has made the move of pre-emptively banning Google Glass from its premises, before they are even available to the public.  Is this a question of privacy, or gimmick hating?

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The bar in question, the 5 Point Café made its feelings known in a Facebook post early in March.

“For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses. And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators,”

Google Glass isn’t yet available,

and a contest is being run by Google to allow winners to buy the product early for a cool $1,500 USD.

Speaking to CNET about the ban, a Google spokesperson said “It is still very early days for Glass, and we expect that as with other new technologies, such as cell phones, behaviors and social norms will develop over time”

The Café’s Facebook post drew likes, shares and comments on its page.  The owner, speaking to KIRO radio in Seattle said the post was initially a joke, but he does have reservations about a device such as Glass that could film patrons of his bar.

“Part of this is a joke, to be funny on Facebook and get a reaction, but part of it is serious because we don’t let people film other people or take photos unwanted of other people in the bar because it’s kind of a private place people go,”

Google Glass may pose serious privacy concerns, and the bar, being private property has the right to its own standards, but as the thin line between privacy and personal computing grows even thinner, expect more establishments to begin trying to protect their patrons.

Is this bar in the right to ban Google Glass?  Are you concerned with privacy?  How will you react to other’s wearing Google Glass around you?

[Via CNET]

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