The Camera Phone Predator Alert Act (H.R. 414) would "require any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken." What's more, the bill would prohibit such handsets from being equipped with a means of disabling or silencing the tone. Enforcement would be through the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Why is this dumb, I'll list a few reasons in no particular order....
- Ever hear of video? These phones also double as video and of course video has audio. Any sound would render it useless for video.
- Do you think it's only cell phones that are small and can take picture?
- In some cases the user may have very legitimate reasons not to have it make a sound.
Bottom line is you can add this to the list of stupid technology laws often proposed by politicians. They are just looking to put another notch in their belt for voting time so they publicize "look what I did for you"... The people this law will be aimed at of course will just find a different approach, work around, different device or the inevitable hacks for the phones that will appear on the internet.