Congress to vote on bill to force cell phone cameras to make audible click sound

January 26, 2009

Washington (ChattahBox) — Surreptitious cell phone shutter bugs beware.  A new bill the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act (H.R. 414), would require all cell phone cameras to make a shutter-click noise so you’ll be warned when there’s a potential paparazzi wannabe or peeping tom stealing your image. The bill introduced this month by Republican House Representative Peter King, of New York says that Congress has found that “children and adolescents have been exploited by photographs taken in dressing rooms and public places with the use of a camera phone.”

Should the Alert Act bill be approved, One year after passage all mobiles with cameras made in the United States would be required to emit a “tone or other sound audible within a reasonable radius of the phone.” And the legislation would forbid manufacturers to program an option that would allow consumers to disable the noise. I just know if this bill passes I will soon find myself in a forest as Big Foot walks by and you know what will happen next.  Anyway King’s bill is currently lodged in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and has no cosponsors, so don’t hold your breath waiting for this proposal to pass.


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