by Mike Masnick

Analyst Over Reacts To Camera Phones In The Workplace

from the slow-down,-partner dept

There have been plenty of stories in the last few months about certain workplaces banning camera phones (including camera phone maker Samsung). While it's definitely important to understand the issues that camera phones raise, there's no reason to over react to them. Of course, you wouldn't know that listening to Jack Gold at the Meta Group, who has gone with the knee-jerk reaction telling people that all companies should ban all camera phones outright. This is, of course, the typical response to anyone who doesn't understand a technology and is afraid of it (just ban it!), but does little to help in real life. Of course, if companies believe this sort of thing, it could harm camera phone sales, as they will become much less valuable if you can't even bring your own mobile phone to work. What is more likely to happen over time is that people will become accustomed to people owning camera-enabled phones, and will become much more aware of how others are using those phones in the work environment, and do their best to prevent espionage. However, completely banning the phones is an over reaction, a step backwards, and not (at all) a workable or reasonable response to the rise of such a tool.

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    Ryan B, 22 Oct 2003 @ 4:20am

    Ban's would be unworkable

    I would even go one step further, here in the UK and the rest of Europe a large proportion of cell phone users already have Camera enabled phones. Not only that a ban would seem increasingly less likely as the shift to 3rd Generation phones occur (mine has the equivalent of a Camera and a digital Camcorder). Like it or lump it employeers are going to have to get use to them in the workplace.

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