Apple might be developing technology that would allow third-parties to disable the camera on your iPhone, rendering it useless to shoot video or take photos.
The patent, which was filed in December 2009 but became public this month in various news reports, states that it would be designed to prevent people from recording shaky, low-quality videos of live bands that annoyingly either begin or cut-off in mid-song and usually consists of the back of somebody’s head obscuring the stage.
After all, we all know those videos are much more interesting than the clear, crisp professionally made videos produced by the bands themselves that can be found just as quickly on Youtube.
But critics across the internet have pointed out that this technology would likely end up in the hands of police who would use it to disable your camera to allow them to continue trampling all over your Constitutional rights without any documenting evidence.
And that’s not hard to believe considering the number of stories that have kept this blog alive more than four years.
And just last week, the hacker group LulzSec uncovered documentation from the Arizona State Police that further confirms what we already know. That police fear cameras and recording devices almost as much as they do guns.
Especially those pesky iPhones.
A document labeled “iphone apps- used against officers.doc” front-line officers encourages officers making an arrest to search for iPhones or other smartphones and look specifically to see what apps are running on them.
Specifically the document warns that an app called Cop Recorder can be activated while the phone is in a suspect’s pocket to record what happens during an arrest, then upload the audio to a network server beyond the officer’s reach
The contract on my iPhone 3Gs is set to expire in September and I was considering upgrading to the iPhone 5, which is supposed to be released around that time.
But I will probably weigh my options to see what other smart phones are available that will not be rendered useless under this new technology.