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Monday, 11 March 2013

Google Glasses Banned

 Google Glass has not yet been released, but has already been banned in a Seattle bar. Likely only the first of many establishments to act over concerns of customer privacy.
The 5 Point Bar in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood has been the first to ban the yet unreleased Google eye-wear over fears over customer privacy infringements.

A Facebook post notified all future owners of Google Glass that the device would not be welcome: "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."

Dave Meinert, the owner of the bar, did further say that the early ban is in part a publicity stunt but with a serious background and intention, stating that his place "is kind of a private place that people go." The use of Google Glass may infringe on the atmosphere of the establishment and could keep patrons away.

Because of the Google Glass ability to film its surroundings, it can be assumed that The 5 Point Bar will not be the last and only place to ban such wearable smart-devices.

Google has already responded to this story, with a spokesperson stating that "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."