Google Glass owner dragged from cinema

Google Glass owner dragged from cinema

US Google Glass owner suspected of filming at the cinema.

A Google Glass wearer in the US was hauled out of his local cinema by special agents and accused of recording the film illegally.

The Ohio man, who remains anonymous, described how he was pulled out for questioning an hour into Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit by agents from the Department of Homeland Security.

They demanded to know whether he was recording illegally, and where he planned to release the footage, despite having no proof he had been recording.

"About an hour into the movie, a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says 'follow me outside immediately'," the man told the Gadgeteer blog.

The man said he was repeatedly pressured to confess to recording. Eventually the agents checked his device to see whether he had captured any footage.

"[The] FBI guy finally connected my Glass to the computer, downloaded all my personal photos and started going though them one by one - although they are dated and it was obvious there was nothing on my Glass that was from the time period they accused me of recording," he said.

Flagged to agents
The man was flagged to agents after the cinema chain, AMC, reported him to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

He was eventually permitted to leave after the agents concluded he had done nothing wrong, but said he was "infuriated" by his treatment - and by the MPAA's subsequent offer of free cinema tickets as compensation.

"I guess until people get more familiar with Google Glass and understand what they are, one should not wear them to the movies," he added.

Both the MPAA and the Department of Homeland Security confirmed they had investigated the unfortunate Google Glass wearer and said no further action would be taken.

"On 18 January, 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," an ICE spokesman the Columbus Dispatch. "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."

An AMC spokesman told the newspaper it was "inappropriate" to wear Google Glass headsets to the cinema.

"While we’re huge fans of technology and innovation, wearing a device that has the capability to record video is not appropriate at the movie theatre," he said.

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Source: Copyright © PC Pro, Dennis Publishing


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