Fact: Google Glass is still a technology that awes tech heads, and equally feared by many who aren’t familiar with it. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) certainly fits the bill for the latter when it hauled an innocent moviegoer out of the cinema.
The Gadgeteer reported that a man wearing a pair of prescription lens with Google Glass was asked to exit an AMC theatre in Columbus, Ohio, midway through the spy action thriller (oh the irony) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The experience was harrowing for both the man and his wife, who were interviewed in separate rooms and told to come clean.
Only, there was nothing to come clean on, as Glass was switched off throughout the show. The moviegoer insisted for the federal agents to connect Glass to a PC via its micro USB port to verify that he wasn’t recording the show. After nearly an hour of intense questioning, the authorities finally took up his suggestion, checked Glass and found no evidence of movie piracy.
The story was verified when Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for ICE, gave the following statement to The Gadgeteer:
On Jan. 18, special agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and local authorities briefly interviewed a man suspected of using an electronic recording device to record a film at an AMC theater in Columbus. The man, who voluntarily answered questions, confirmed to authorities that the suspected recording device was also a pair of prescription eye glasses in which the recording function had been inactive. No further action was taken.
At least the Movie Association representative who called in the agents gave four movie passes to the man for their troubles. If it were up to us, we'd pass and avoid four potential interrogations.
Bringing Glass into the cinema is no different from bringing your smartphone in. Humans, not gadgets, are responsible for film piracy.
Likewise, a voyeur might chronicle you with their smartphone, and you might not even be aware of it. Glass, on the other hand, emits an obvious light when it’s recording, so you can’t get away with clandestine filming.
Ultimately, Google Glass is a misunderstood product. Without a clear understanding of what the smart eyewear can do, people are wary of its functions and fear having their privacy invaded.
Don’t. Because if your profile is clean, what’s there to fear?