US considers audible warnings for cameraphones
'Attention! Possible voyeur taking picture!'
Proposed US legislation could, if adopted, force manufacturers to produce cameraphones that issue audible warnings each time you snap anything from friends and family to your neighbour’s bloomers on the washing line.
The Camera Phone Predator Alert Act – put forward earlier this month by New York Republican Peter King - is designed to protect people from “a new brand of criminal” that takes “photographs under children's skirts” and in female changing rooms.
The bill – which has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce – states that “any mobile phone containing a digital camera... shall sound a tone or other sound audible within a reasonable radius of the phone whenever a photograph is taken”.
It also states that users mustn’t be able to disable the tone. But the law would only apply to cameraphones, so snappers equipped with digital SLRs or compact cameras would still be free to click away under cover.
It’s worth noting that the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act was first introduced way back in September 2007. And, according to a 2008 report on King’s website, a young girl “fighting back against these [cameraphone] predators” came up with the bill’s principal points.
However, it all seems rather daft to us. Imagine snapping a picture of your girlfriend in a park, with every nearby mugger alerted by your iPhone warning: “Attention! Cameraphone activated!” ®
Pretty stupid really.
If people are willing to ignore existing laws, what the heck makes them think they'll abide by this one?
And if I was a dirty pervert, a phone camera is the last thing I'd pick to take my ill-gotten images. There'es tonnes better choices from tiny wireless spy cameras to proper point and shoot cameras that are as small as a phone anyway (but higher quality images).
I see a problem with this
Why wouldn't the perv just use a small digital camera without audio rather than a cell phone with?
Lets ban something too, while we're at it.