updated 05:10 pm EST, Tue January 27, 2009
Bill to ban silent cameras
Earlier in January, Republican Congressman Pete King introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would remove the capability of camera phones to take silent photos. The Camera Phone Predator Alert Act would require a mobile phone equipped with a digital camera to make a sound whenever a photo is taken and not allow users to disable or silence the tone. Many current camera phones allow users to turn off the sounds when photos are captured, with the iPhone letting users do it at the flip of a switch. The Consumer Product Safety Commission would enforce the bill.
The bill is mainly meant to protect children and adolescents from being exploited through photographs taken in dressing rooms and public places. As of Monday, the bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. [via CNET]