Google Glass Banned In Growing Number of Bars

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In a potential backlash against digital surveillance, a bar in San Francisco has banned Google Glass from the establishment, coming on the heels of a woman posting a video of being assaulted in a bay area bar for wearing the glasses.

The Willows gastro pub in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco was quoted in a report saying “Our patrons have expressed concerns with being recorded while enjoying themselves at The Willows – kindly remove before entering.”

Woman alleges attack in bar for wearing Google Glass, posts video

The Willows notice comes after a tech reporter was attacked in a bar after refusing to stop wearing her Google Glass.  In a brief video posted to YouTube of the event, Sarah Solcum, who wore the glasses, extensively wrote about it on her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“This is the video that I got on Google Glass at Molotov bar on Haight Street after being verbally accosted and flicked off by the Asian looking girl, I turned on the video, and after I told them I was doing so they got pissed and came after me,” Slocum wrote in widely reported comments.

“Unfortunately, I had not extended the video so it cuts out after 10 seconds. Here you can see them — two people, a male and a female — trying to block the camera. The guy waving his hands in my face here later rips the Google Glass off my face and ran out of the bar,” she wrote.

Could the backlash against video surveillance in California bars be a trend?

A recent Washington Post poll found respondents are increasingly concerned with their privacy.  Close to 70 percent of Americans are concerned about how much personal information government agencies and private companies collect, the poll found.  

As trends are known to start in California, it will be interesting to see if the grassroots backlash against invasion of privacy can overcome the corporate and government trend of data collection of previously private information.

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Mark Melin
Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing a trading program’s strategy and mapping it to a market environment and performance driver. He provides analysis of managed futures investment performance and commentary regarding related managed futures market environment. A portfolio and industry consultant, he was an adjunct instructor in managed futures at Northwestern University / Chicago and has written or edited three books, including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008). Mark was director of the managed futures division at Alaron Trading until they were acquired by Peregrine Financial Group in 2009, where he was a registered associated person (National Futures Association NFA ID#: 0348336). Mark has also worked as a Commodity Trading Advisor himself, trading a short volatility options portfolio across the yield curve, and was an independent consultant to various broker dealers and futures exchanges, including OneChicago, the single stock futures exchange, and the Chicago Board of Trade. He is also Editor, Opalesque Futures Intelligence and Editor, Opalesque Futures Strategies. - Contact: Mmelin(at)valuewalk.com

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