Background: a dive bar in Seattle, Washington has preemptively banned the use of Google Glasses in its premises. Beatings have been (humorously) threatened, and unapologetically so:
“I’m a thought leader,” deadpanned Dave Meinert, the bar’s owner, in an interview on Seattle’s KIRO-FM. “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.”
Actually, this is a good point, and one that I hadn’t considered off of the top of my head. This innovation in recording technology is fantastic; it’s also a legal minefield, depending on the jurisdiction. For example, Google Glasses could be considered to be effectively illegal to use in Maryland; this state’s wiretapping laws require that all parties consent to private recordings (the courts have held that cops aren’t automatically protected by this when interacting with the public, but I imagine that a conversation in a bar is a different story). How do I know that somebody wearing the glasses ISN’T recording me without my consent? More importantly, how will the courts?
Seriously: I’m not a lawyer, but I’m not sure how Google plans to get around existing jurisdiction-specific restrictions on recording. Or, honestly, whether I’m missing something here and it’s not going to be a problem at all.