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Cell Phones to Require Click Sound For Built-In Cameras?

As I was reading a PhoneScoop article about a bill called the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act which would require camera phones to have some sort of audible sound or click when a picture is being taken, I had mixed feelings about the entire thing. Basically the new bill, under the Consumer Product Safety Commission, would prohibit cell phone owners from silencing their phone's camera for "safety" reasons. Although not a ton of details were revealed about the law, I understand why it's being considered — so creepies can't take creepy pictures. I mean, I'm sure there's a laundry list of more reasons, but that's what tops the list in my opinion.

But I have to say, there are numerous times when I'm shopping in a store, and I want to take a pic of an item to see if a friend or family member approves of the new top, lamp, lipstick hue, etc., and I love how my phone doesn't embarrass me or "out" me to retailers with an annoying sound (the flash, that's another story). But I guess if it did make some sort of a sound, that wouldn't be the end of the world. In six months we'll be picking "camera tones" instead of "ring tones." What are your thoughts?


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