Tuesday, January 27, 2009
A new bill of U.S. law forces camera phones to make sound
Parents and mothers in the U.S. soon will not be shouting again to the goverment with this kinda line: "Will somebody think of the children?!"
Because Republican Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that states every camera in mobile phones have to make sound when used. The reason is very simple: "Congress finds that children and adolescents have been exploited by photographs taken in dressing rooms and public places with the use of a camera phone."
The Camera Phone Predator Alert Act (H.R. 414) would "require any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken." And further more, the bill states that the sound made should be: "within a reasonable radius of the phone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera in such phone."
This new bill of course provokes pros and cons, like for an instance the effectiveness of such law on mobile phones with silent features. Because silent mode has become a common profile that's pre-installed by the mobile manufacturers, and let's not forget about Palm's long known silent button on the top of our Trēo™smartphones. Is it too late already?