Homeland Security Special Agents Hold Up a Google Glass Moviegoer
Um, how is it copyright violation is a Homeland Security matter? Talk about mission creep! Next question-Why were the glasses yanked off his face? How does that help anything? And why was looking the the memory of the device not the very first thing to do? If that were me I’d be refusing to answer any and all questions until that happened. I’d demand a lawyer for any and all questioning. And my last stop might be at an ACLU office & a few media outlets.
A patron of an AMC theater in Columbus, Ohio, was detained this past Saturday for wearing Google Glass while watching a movie, according to a report from The Gadgeteer. The Glass-wearer, who wishes to remain anonymous, was pulled out of the theater mid-Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and questioned for an hour by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents.
POLICE TICKET GOOGLE GLASS-WEARING DRIVER FOR WATCHING “TV” IN CAR
Did I break the law, officer, or did I just blow your mind?
The man had recently had prescription lenses fit to his Google Glass and wore them in to see the movie. According to his testimony published at The Gadgeteer, an agent approached him an hour in, “yank[ed] the Google Glass” off his face and commanded the man to follow him. Outside the theater were 5 to 10 cops and mall security personnel.
The man was taken to a room for questioning and said the agent told him he “[had] been caught illegally taping a movie.” During the questioning, the man repeatedly invited the agents to connect to his Glass’ USB port to demonstrate that there was no content on the device but photos of his dog and wife.
After an hour of pumping the man for personal information and the circumstances of his Glass ownership, the agents connected to his Glass and smartphone with a computer and browsed their contents. Satisfied that the devices contained no illegal recordings, the agents sent the man on his way with two free movie passes.