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Camera Phone Predator Alert Act

A US congressman has taken a leaf out of Japan's book and proposed a law requiring camera phones to make a sound when a photo is taken, to prevent evil perverts from surreptitiously photographing people for their vile gratification. The Camera Phone Predator Alert Act will also prohibit the sale of phones in which the tone can be disabled. And, of course, it will make taking photos at concerts or weddings or similar more fraught, though... for God's sake, won't someone think of the children‽

Mind you, the bill appears to be the brainchild of one Congressman, with no cosponsors, which suggests that it probably won't come anywhere near becoming law.

There are 2 comments on "Camera Phone Predator Alert Act":

Posted by: Bowie Tue Jan 27 00:30:24 2009

I thought this was already law? I certainly can't turn off the noise on my Nokia phone, even though it is insanely loud and clicks at least a second after the photo has actually been taken.

Posted by: acb http://dev.null.org/acb/ Tue Jan 27 01:01:12 2009

It apparently is either law or accepted practice in Japan. Though they don't use GSM there, so that's unlikely to have anything to do with your Nokia.

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