Is It Legal to Ban Google Glass?

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Mar 28, 2014

No longer are facility based surveillance cameras alone watching you. 

Now you must contend with people wearing personal ones.

San Francisco bars and restaurants are starting to ban patrons from wearing Google Glass inside their establishments, some citing privacy concerns. And one resident is compiling a list of the places than ban audio and video recordings, what he calls Glasshole-Free establishments. Here’s the incident credited with starting the bans:

** ****** *** ******** ***** ************ ******* ***** ******** ***. 

*** *** **** ******* **** ****** ******* ******** ****.

*** ********* **** *** *********** *** ******** ** *** ******* from ******* ****** ***** ****** ***** **************, **** ****** ******* concerns. *** *** ******** ** ********* * **** ** *** places **** *** ***** *** ***** **********, **** ** ***** Glasshole-Free **************. ****’* *** ******** ******** **** ******** *** ****:

[***************]

How ** *******

** *** ******* ***** ********* ****** ***** ********** ***** ****** got **** ** *********** ** * *** ********* *** **** patrons *** ****’* **** ** ** ******** ** *** ****** Glass *** *** *******. ****** *** ******** ** ******* ****** ** **** *** *********** ************* ***. ****** ** **** ******* ***** ********, ******** ******** ** ** *** ******** ************. ** ***** ******** *** ***** **** *** ** **** ripping *** ******* *** *** **** (** *** *** ** the ***** *****):

Glasshole-Free *****

**** ** **** ******* * **** ***************-****.***** ***** ****** ******* ****** *****. *** ******* ** *** website ******** ** *********, ****** ** ****’* **** ** *** the ******. ******** ****** **** **** ***** ** *** **** in *** **** *****

“** *** *** * ***, ****, ** **********, *** **** signs ** *** ** ** *** ********* **** *** ***'* allow *** *** ** ****** ***** ** ***** *****/***** ********* devices,************** *** ******** *** ******** ******* ******** ** ******** *** ***** ***,” he ****** ** *** ****.

Why *** **** *** ******* *********

**** ** *** **** ****’* ******* ** ***** **** ******* of *** ********* ***** **, *** ********* ********** ** ********** ** ***** ******. ***** ********** *** ** ****** ** **** ****: ** do’t **** ** **** *** ***** ** ***, *** ** know ** ******* *** *********. *** *** ********* *** ************* with ******* ***** **** ** ****** **** ********.

*** ***, *** *******, *** **** **** **. ** *** posted ** * ****** ***** ******** ****:

**** * ****** ****** **** **** **** *** *** **** to **** ***** **.

*****

**** * ***** **********, *** **** *** *********** **** *** right ** ****** **** ******* *** *** ***’* ** ** the ******. ** **** **** ** *** ****** ***** * certain ********** *** ******* *******, **** ***.

***********, ******************* ****** ********* *** ******** *********** *** ******* ** **** ******.

What ** *** *****

Comments (10)

It's like surveillance camera man but not a joke this time:

Wearable cameras are going to become an increasingly practical problem the easier, less expensive and more commonplace they become. Just like people have an expectation that they are not going to be watched going to the bathroom, they do not accept someone filming them up close like that.

For obvious reasons, the casino industry has been talking about this for a while now. Most have either banned them outright or are considering banning them.

How many of the bars that are banning GoogleGlass have CCTV systems?

Probably a lot of them have CCTV systems.

On the other hand, how often does CCTV video from bars go up on the Internet? Very rarely, not a real concern.

Compare to the risk of a random person deciding to upload it immediately to YouTube.

There is a big difference between a patron recording whatever they want and the owner of the establishment. The owner of the bar has the right to record what he wants for his own purposes. The general public can do so in their own home if they like too. I don't see an issue with people wearing them in public though.

As far as in the bathroom, there are already laws against that type of recording. No need for new laws when existing ones already apply.

This isn't just about Google Glass. The tsunami of wearable imaging that's about to flood the streets over the next five years is insane. And in many cases you'd never be able to tell at a dark bar that they're wearing full 1080p HD recording glasses. They'll just look like another hipster wearing clear lenses if it's dark or wearing their sunglasses when it's light out.

Pivothead's are the perfect example of that. THey're exploding right now and they're just the beginning. I know of at least three other manufacturer's in Asia tooling up production lines to start mass-producing very similar type devices and all of them will be under $300. Some under $150.

It's coming whether people like it or not. Laws and society will just have to adjust. You can ban Google glass as much as you want. But within the next five years everyone will be able to record HD video and audio and you'll never know where their camera is.

I see an opportunity for someone to invent a device that can detect surreptitious recorders. I'm sure casinos would line up to buy them.

Let 'em start a line.... :)

I wish Bill Gates would steal my ideas...

I believe that it comes down to the variances in what we consider "privacy".

In another post, I mention that I believe that privacy is not binary, it is a continuum.

If people say that, for example, in jail, you have no expectation of privacy, and the video gets released to YouTube, then it can be inferred that in ____, you have no expectation of privacy, so put the video on YouTube.

Therefore, why not put all of the video surveillance from your local bar on the web? Why not allow Google Glass everywhere?

Do you have an expectation of privacy in a nightclub? Do you have an expectation of privay in the parking lot of said nightclub? What about in the champaign room?

If it CAN be put on YouTube, assume that it will.

Privacy is not binary, it is a continuum. Privacy means privacy from whom.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports on Legal

GDPR For Video Surveillance Guide on Apr 12, 2018
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, but there is much confusion and no clear guidelines on...
Audio Usage In Video Surveillance Statistics on Mar 28, 2018
Audio is more widely available and easier to use than ever, with many IP cameras building audio in and often making integration as simple as...
Axis Wins, Arecont Cancels Multi-Imager Patent on Feb 26, 2018
16 months after Arecont publicly threatened Axis and 7 months after Axis took Arecont to patent 'court', Axis has won, with Arecont canceling all...
The Interceptor Aims To Fix Vulnerability In Millions of Alarm Systems on Jan 08, 2018
Security executive Jeffery Zwirn claims a 'catastrophic' flaw exists in 'millions of alarm systems', and dealers could be liable if not fixed. The...
Chinese Government Attacks Western Reports on Jan 03, 2018
The Chinese government is angry at the BBC and WSJ's reporting on Chinese video surveillance (see BBC Features Dahua and WSJ Investigates China's...
Axis and Arecont Legal Conflict Over Multi-Imager Cameras on Aug 17, 2017
Arecont threatened Axis. Axis has responded by moving to invalidate an Arecont patent. It is an important contest. Multi-imagers are Arecont's...
IP Camera Specification / RFP Guide 2017 on Aug 14, 2017
RFPs are hard. Do them 'right' and it takes a lot of knowledge and time. Do them 'wrong' and you can be (a) unwittingly locked into a specific...
Canon Sues Avigilon on Jul 27, 2017
Canon, owner of Axis and Milestone, has sued Avigilon for patent infringement in US court. This is a highly atypical move for Canon, pitting 3 of...
Milestone Beats OnSSI In Court on Jul 17, 2017
The litigation between former partners Milestone and OnSSI has finished, confirmed by both parties. In April 2016, OnSSI sued Milestone and in...
Manufacturers Shipping Unlicensed H.265 Products on Jun 22, 2017
While H.265 support in video surveillance is growing, IPVM's research shows that most surveillance manufacturers are shipping H.265 products with...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Chinese Manufacturer Kickstarter Campaign Huge Success (EverCam) on Apr 23, 2018
In a week, a Chinese manufacturer's expertly done Kickstarter campaign has received $1.4 million in pledges, an incredible amount for a video...
Favorite Biometrics 2018 on Apr 23, 2018
Biometrics are on the rise, or at least integrator opposition to them is declining, according to new IPVM integrator statistics.   Almost half of...
Dahua and Hikvision Win Over $1 Billion In Government-Backed Projects In Xinjiang on Apr 23, 2018
Dahua and Hikvision have won well over $1 billion worth of government-backed surveillance projects in China’s restive Xinjiang province since 2016,...
May 2018 Camera Course on Apr 20, 2018
Save $50 on early registration until this Thursday, the 26th. Register now (save $50) for the Spring 2018 Camera Course This is the only...
Global Real-Time Video Surveillance - EarthNow on Apr 20, 2018
A new company, EarthNow, with backing from Bill Gates, Airbus and more, is claiming that: Users will be able to see places on Earth with a delay...
Dedicated Vs Converged Access Control Networks (Statistics) on Apr 20, 2018
Running one's access control system on a converged network, with one's computers and phones, can save money. On the other hand, hand, doing so can...
April 2018 IP Networking Course on Apr 19, 2018
This is the last chance to register for our IP Networking course. Register now. NEW - 2 sessions per class, 'day' and 'night' to give you double...
Rare Video Surveillance Fundraising - Verkada $15 Million on Apr 19, 2018
Fundraising in video surveillance (and the broader physical security market) has been poor recently. Highlights are few and far in between...
'Best In Show' Fails on Apr 19, 2018
ISC West's "Best In Show" has failed. For more than a decade, it has become increasingly irrelevant as the selections exhibit a cartoon level...
Security Camera Cleaning Frequency Statistics on Apr 18, 2018
150+ integrators told IPVM how often they clean cameras on customer's sites and why.  Inside we examine their answers and break down feedback...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact