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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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Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
The noises phones make when you take pictures are so awful. That being said, my father works for Lockheed Martin, and he's not allowed to have a camera phone because he's above a certain security level. This makes me think, wouldn't it be much easier to just not allow known predators to have camera phones?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I have mine set to not make a noise, I hate it.
ig586 ig586 8 years
I'm not against this, but I'm not sure how effective it would be at stopping pervy photograhers. I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find another silent device, aren't almost all camcorders silent? What they really need to change are the laws that say its Ok to take a picture up someone's skirt if its in a public place. So that the perverts who take those the pictures can be prosecuted.
angelabeth angelabeth 8 years
The past three cell phones I've had did not have an option for a silent shutter. I hate it... but you can always just hook your cell phone up to your computer and delete the shutter sound files! They really can't prevent anything.. and how would you enforce this? It's the same as text messaging while driving... I can still dial the phone so how do you prove that someone was text messaging? Same with this.. how do you prove someone was taking a picture? It can easily be sent to their web album and deleted within a minute. This will be interesting.
inksee inksee 8 years
Definitely would not like camera noise. It's really impolite in many places to tell everyone around you you're taking a picture, say at the library or even at a museum.
Beanalby Beanalby 8 years
If someone does want to take an illicit picture, all they have to do is get any camera phone made in the LAST TEN YEARS. They certainly can't outlaw all existing models. Look at the wording of the bill, too - only mentions camera phones. What about digital cameras? Those things are just as small. And the bill lists no enforcement either - if someone hacks their cameraphone (NEVER happens...), the police can do nothing. It's an issue for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Complete idiocy no matter how you look at it.
kiwigeek kiwigeek 8 years
I don't think cellphone camera shutter noises are appropriate. A cellphone is not a camera, just like an apple is not a banana. The worst 'shutter noise' I've come across is from the Sanyo Pinkalicious, which, everytime you take a picture says "Say Cheese!!". Yes, its quirky, but even when taking pictures of inanimate objects it still insists to "Say Cheese!". I mean really, what is the point!?! ahh. I've been wanting to get that off my chest for a long time.
prettywarrior prettywarrior 8 years
Last I checked, it's not illegal to take pictures of people in public places. Your right to privacy doesn't extend to the streets of NYC, and if someone wants to snap a picture of you or the building you happen to be walking in front of, it is within their rights. I'm not a fan of the required shutter noise.
scissorz scissorz 8 years
i'm just not so sure that the sound is really going to keep people from taking creepy pictures. i mean maybe if it was isolated and quiet but how often does that happen. street noise would drown all of those noises out
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
What about the times when you are using your phone camera to CATCH a predator .... or a crime in process???? I mean, it has definitely come in handy in NYC in apprehending pervs on MTA. The click sound would scare perps away once they realized they were snapped.
glynislily glynislily 8 years
I hate camera noises. That's the awesome part of digital you can take pictures of friends that are candid and not posed. But I understand on a phone. I use it while I shop but I will get just deal with the noise. Just as long as it isn't the annoying "say cheese" voice that some people have.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I don't like the camera noise either, but I can understand if they make it a requirement. Of course some really smart person will find a way to make an application or something you can download on the internet that will override the noise.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I don't like the camera noise. Not cuz I'm trying to be sneaky, but it just bothers me for some reason. :) But I suppose I could get over it if they made that a requirement.
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