Sarah Slocum of Google Glass fame reportedly caught up in previous privacy fight 

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The woman who claims she was attacked in a San Francisco bar over her Google Glass device was the subject of a restraining order in Santa Cruz County two years ago over recording her neighbors with a smartphone, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Sarah Slocum lived in Aptos at the time in a cabin on the same property as Jessie Lilley Campbell and her husband, the Times reported. Campbell told the newspaper that on the evening of May 15, 2012, she and her husband were sitting in their living room with their landlord when Campbell noticed that Slocum was holding up a smartphone through an open window of their home and pointing it toward the trio.

After being confronted by Campbell, the Times said, Slocum denied recording anything. Later in court, however, Slocum reportedly admitted to recording the trio.

A restraining order was granted by a judge, according to the Times, and it barred Slocum from being close enough to Campbell's home to record conversations.

The Times interviewed Slocum, but she refused to discuss the Santa Cruz County case.

"Anything I recorded them doing, it was recorded in a legal spot," she told the newspaper. "I didn't do anything wrong in the past with those people."

Slocum claims that in February she was attacked while wearing her Google Glass at Molotov's on Haight Street in The City. She said the device was briefly taken from her but she retrieved it. However, her purse and other items were reportedly stolen.

The 34-year-old likened the incident to a "hate crime" in a subsequent post on her Facebook page.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Molotov's has since banned Google Glass from its premises.

Google Glass is a form of wearable technology that is in a testing phase and not available to the general public. Slocum is one of thousands of so-called Explorers who paid the company $1,500 to try out the equipment.

The device has raised concerns over privacy because it can record video.

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