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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    thecaptain, 22 Oct 2003 @ 7:10am

    No Subject Given

    I'm not for or against a ban...I just don't understand the proliferation of camera phones...I mean who needs a damn camera on their phones?

    Its a gadget with very little practical use...have been become so sheeplike when faced with marketting of gadgets?

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    Oliver Wendell Jones, 22 Oct 2003 @ 8:05am

    Re: No Subject Given

    Obviously, thecaptain, you've never been in a situation where something humorous/serious/newsworth/etc has happened and thought "man, I really wish I had a camera right now".

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    Beck, 22 Oct 2003 @ 10:53am


    Here's a USA Today story on the subject.

    Interestingly, Rolling Stone magazine honored a request by pop star Britney Spears to confiscate all cell phones at a recent party in New York. My, my, new technology meets vanity and egotism head on. Bam!br>

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    cman, 23 Oct 2003 @ 12:51am

    Re: No Subject Given

    Umm, but I do - I always carry my digital camera with me, and it takes good quality pictures. I also carry a phone though it is for outgoing calls only in general. I certainly dont want or need something that combines them into one thing. (And I usually have an iPod and PDA as well, and, no, I don;t want them combined in either)

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    tcaptain, 23 Oct 2003 @ 6:32am

    Re: No Subject Given

    I didn't get back in time to reply to Oliver (who I'll concede makes a good point however...) but I feel the same way as cman. I have a digital camera, its relatively handy (I don't ALWAYS have it with me...but I wouldn't ALWAYS have a cellphone with me either)

    I'm just saying that all-in-one gadgets aren't usually the great idea that marketting says it is...nor are they needed like they say you need it.

    AND its obvious that these camera phones DO have the potential for problems in some situations..maybe a ban is strong...but I think the "moron/jerk" factor in today's society is very strong and growing so that potential for problems is very likely to become actual problems with the combination of this particular technology

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