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Bill to ban silent camera phones introduced

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]



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  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +12

    dumb and dumber

    Dumb and dumber, literally.

    This is not going to do a thing. Those who have sick minds can easily clip the mylar speaker or sound source, or just use a video camera and keep it rolling.

  1. zaghahzag

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2006

    +15

    silent cell phones

    silent cell phones didn't create predators. And making cell phones make noise won't stop them. This is the stupidest waste of lawmaker time i've heard of in a long time.

    Hey, arsehats, how about fixing the damn economy!

  1. bjojade

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    Joined: Jun 2007

    +15

    A total waste

    It annoys the heck out of me when my camera phone makes noise taking a picture. Sometimes you just don't want to draw attention to yourself. It doesn't mean that you are doing anything wrong.

    And as was posted earlier, what about video? Set the thing to video mode and keep rolling. 30 pictures evert second. Or is that going to have to make some sort of noise too now??

  1. malax

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    Joined: Aug 2006

    +12

    not going anywhere

    Obviously this won't get out committee, but, boy is it stupid. I suspect that evil-doers would figure another way to take their pictures. The could maybe, I don't know use a camera instead of a phone. Also it seems to fly in the face of the intentions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Deaf victims wouldn't be protected! Better add a requirement for non-audio warnings as well. Or maybe we can just require all cameras and camera phones to be registered and require a waiting list and background check.

  1. Guest

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999

    +7

    Can we focus on the...

    economy? This stuff is just stupid and a waste of time. Shame on Mr. King.

  1. Guest

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999

    +7

    Really lame...

    If I don't want my camera/phone to make noise it shouldn't. Legislating anything to the contrary is absurd.

    You shouldn't legislate to the pervert. The camera/phone is not the problem, the person and his or her actions is.

  1. jameshays

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    Joined: Mar 2003

    +7

    One more thing...

    I also don't think people should be allowed to pass gas silently. Instead, they should only be allowed to pass gas with audible noise so that everybody is made aware of the situation...

    Bills like this is what gives Republicans a bad name.

  1. jameshays

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    Joined: Mar 2003

    -5

    Fix the economy

    I love all the screams for other people to fix the economy. I had some renters in my house like a while back. All they did was whine and moan about stuff that I needed to fix. Granted, as renters, they had the right to request that I fix things.

    As Americans, you should have no need to ask Government to fix things. You have the right to ask Government to stay out of your way so you can fix things. American's are not participants in an American economy, they're owners of the American economy. Quit waiting for a handout and make a difference.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2002

    +1

    Jeez!

    I don't want any of this bailout nonsense to go through, but surely our legislators have better things to do that dream up moronic restrictions like this.

  1. martinX

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2008

    +3

    Clicky clicky

    Wouldn't it be easier to pass a law that requires people to say "CLICK" when they take a photo. After all, people obey laws, right?

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