Legal Ramifications Of Camera Phones
from the so-many-things-to-deal-with dept
People left and right have been over reacting to camera phones, but it does raise some legal issues – specifically about the rights of those who are being photographed. Where I’m confused, though, is how come existing law doesn’t already cover this? If you’re in a public place and have no expectation of privacy, I’m not sure how there’s an issue. If you’re in a private place, it’s a different story – but is still covered by existing law. The article also mentions a law saying that if you’re in a federal areas (government buildings, national parks) and someone takes a photo of you in “sensitive or compromising states”, they can’t disseminate those photos. I’m curious why that is. If you’re on such federal property, why are you going to be in “sensitive or compromising states?” Anyway, as someone else in the article points out, this is mostly just people over reacting to new technology that they don’t understand. After it percolates a bit, people will reach social norms and expectations. There were digital cameras before this, and once people realize that most phones have cameras as well, they’ll be more conscious about what’s happening around them.