Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/27/cameraphone_clicks/

US mulls clicks for cameraphones

What about deaf chicks?

By John Oates

Posted in Mobile, 27th January 2009 14:27 GMT

Dumb law of the day comes from the US where consideration is being given to making it illegal to sell cameraphones which do not make a click noise when a still picture is taken.

The "Camera Phone Predator Alert Act" would forbid selling of phones which have a means to disable or silence the tone. Should the law ever pass it would be enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The noise should be audible within a reasonable distance of the phone.

The bill, was introduced by Congressman Peter King of New York, because: "Congress finds that children and adolescents have been exploited by photographs taken in dressing rooms and public places with the use of a camera phone."

Luckily the Congressman is on hand to make a law to stop this ever happening again. It is not clear what is supposed to happen if you use the movie function - a whirring noise?

Similar rules are supposedly in place in Japan and Korea to make it harder for ne'er do wells to take "upskirt" shots of unsuspecting women. ®