Feeds

Corpse pics earns cop the sack

'Crass stupidity'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

A policeman has been sacked after taking photos of two corpses while visiting a hospital mortuary.

The probationary Pc - who has not been named - used a camera phone to take the snaps while visiting Derriford Hospital in Plymouth as part of an induction course.

He was rumbled after others heard the sound of the camera phone taking the pictures. A senior officer with the force told ITV's Westcountry News that the sacked officer had paid the price for "crass stupidity".

Devon and Cornwall Police have apologised to the relatives of the deceased for the incident.

The images have since been deleted.

The use of camera phones is likely to become a hot topic as more people get their hands on these high-tech gizmos.

By 2006, more than 80 per cent of mobile phones shipped in the US and Western Europe will have a camera installed as part of the handset. And as more and more people have these gadgets, companies and organisations will need to think seriously about protecting their security and privacy.

According to analyst firm Gartner, many businesses are trying to ban camera phones from their premises to prevent industrial espionage and to protect their employees' privacy.

But Gartner reckons that any attempt to implement a blanket ban of camera phones is shortsighted and would be hard to enforce.

"Most organisations simply don't have the staff or money to mount effective inspections," said Ken Dulaney, research vice president at Gartner.

"Instead, businesses should designate secure zones where restrictions on these devices are tight and can be enforced. For other workplace areas, staff should be given guidelines about what is acceptable." ®

Related stories

MP ejected for picture-phone abuse
Samsung to ban camera phones

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.