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June 28, 2011

Will Apple Turn Off Your iPhone Camera?

Football Another spin on camera phones has recently surfaced with dramatic privacy and free speech implications.

Mail Online reports that Apple is developing software that will sense when a Smartphone user is trying to record a live event, and then switch off the device's camera. Infrared sensors installed at the venue will prevent pictures from being taken. Apparently, broadcasters are upset that spectators are posting footage of events when they have bought exclusive rights. 

This technology could potentially be used by governments to stop demonstrators from taking pictures of protestors which would have dramatic free speech consequences. We could start to see camera dead zones where photos would not be allowed; like at security check points or near police vehicles. The camera phone is an amazing new democratizing force that has political consequences around the globe.

Do you want big brother censoring when and where you can take pictures with your phone?

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