Law Proposed to Make Camera Phone Sounds Mandatory

By  |  Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

I really couldn’t figure out how to title this one. Here’s the deal. New York Republican Rep. Peter King seems to think that forcing manufacturers to make the camera *click* sound mandatory will somehow protect children from predators. Called the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, King is making the claim 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.” Without said sound, these predators can apparently do their work in silence. Yes, it sounds weird, but get this — laws already exist in Japan for the same reason.



6 Comments For This Post

  1. David Worthington Says:

    then wouldn’t people just buy devices sold elsewhere that don’t ‘click?’

  2. Ed Oswald Says:

    my thoughts exactly. But like I said.. the Japanese are already doing it.

  3. joecab Says:

    Plus sometimes it’s good not to have the click. Here in Boston a young lady used her cell to photograph a perv who kept fondling women on crowded trains. After his photo was on the news, the guy gave himself up.

  4. JustCallMeBen Says:

    Just phones? That way predators will start using proffesional equipment! So… We must make ALL camera’s have a sound when taking a picture! /sarcasm…

    This law would have no effect on those ‘predators’, and would only annoy normal users…

  5. chris Says:

    More clueless politicians. Don’t they realize that it’s quite trivial to destroy/disable a speaker element?

  6. chris Says:

    And what about “web cam” mode? Should we have all cameras recording in movie mode emit a screeching yell while it records video?