Google Glass: California Bar Bans Google Glass Over Recording Fears

March 9, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Google Glass has been banned at a San Francisco bar over privacy concerns–about a week after a bar fight erupted over a Google Glass recording at another bar.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco bar is banning Google Glass over concerns that the Internet-connected, head-mounted computer will be used to record customers.

Trista Bernasconi, co-owner of The Willows, told KCBS she doesn’t want her customers worrying about the device, which has recording capabilities among other functions.

The bar in the city’s heavily tech South of Market neighborhood has posted a sign asking customers to remove Google Glass before entering.

Its decision came after a woman told police she got into an altercation at another bar when several people thought she was recording them with her Google Glass.

The device is not yet available for sale to the public but Google has given it out for testing and the development of apps.

Earlier Update a week ago: Google Glass sparks fight at California bar

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police are trying to identify three suspects in an altercation over Google’s new Internet-connected, head-mounted computer at a city bar.

Police spokesman Albie Esparza says a woman told investigators the suspects thought she was recording them with Google Glass while she was at the bar in the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood around 1:45 a.m. Saturday.

One of them allegedly took the glass and ran off. The woman said she was able to retrieve it, but her purse and cellphone were stolen.

The woman has given police a description of at least one of the suspects.

Google Glass is not yet available for sale to the general population, though Google has given it out for testing and to develop apps.