Google Glass banned in Seattle bar over privacy concerns, way ahead of official launch

March 9, 2013
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The Google Glass virtual reality-friendly eyewear isn’t even available in stores yet and the product has already been banned in a Seattle bar over privacy concerns.

Since Google Glass users will be able to take pictures and record everything and anything they desire, privacy will most likely be a delicate topic when talking about this particular product.

Dave Meinert, who owns the 5 Point bar in Seattle, took to Facebook to announce that Google Glass usage will not be allowed in the bar:

”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.”

Meinert looks at the issue half-jokingly, but at the same time, he says he wants to protect the privacy of his patrons and that he has no problem with them wearing the glasses outside of the bar:

First you have to understand the culture of the 5 Point, which is a sometimes seedy, maybe notorious place. People want to go there and be not known … and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet.

One interesting thing about 5 Point is that the bar is located near Amazon, which means that “tech geeks” working for the giant retailer may be among the regulars with the cafe, although the Google Glass ban doesn’t seem to be related to their presence.

On a more humorous note, in case the Google Glass ban will stand in this particular, it means future buyers won’t be able to rely on Google Glass to impress their dates while inside 5 Point.

Will we see Google Glass, and any other similar products, get banned in other establishments in the future?

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