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British Cinemas Ban Google Glass a Week After U.K. Launch


Google Glass became available for purchase in the U.K. last week, but already the wearable device is bumping up against privacy concerns in the new market. British paper The Independent reports that Glass is officially banned by Vue, a large chain of movie theaters in the country, as well as the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association trade group.

This isn’t the first time Google Glass has hit a speed bump. The device is already banned from a number of businesses here in the U.S., including independent cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse, the Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas, and a number of smaller restaurants and cafes across the country. Last year the U.K. government also moved to ban drivers from wearing Google Glass on the road.

Even Google agrees Glass shouldn’t be used in theaters. The company says it should be treated like any other mobile device, which you also shouldn’t be using in a theater. One of the biggest issues many have with Google Glass is its ability to secretly record video in public, so it makes sense to keep the device out of movie theaters. Then again, its built-in battery only lasts about 45 minutes while recording video, so it’s unlikely anyone’s actually using Glass to pirate movies.

The Independent

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...