In Korea everyone is running around like they have kimchi in their shorts, snapping photos with their camera-phones, including where they oughtn’t. So now the handsets have to go “beep“:
- Alarmed at the use of camera phones to catch individuals in compromising situations, South Korea has ordered manufacturers to ensure that all new handsets emit a beep whenever a picture is taken.
In one notable case, a woman used her camera phone to snap naked women in one of the country’s popular public sauna baths, and then sold the photographs to a website.
“New camera-equipped phones are required to make a sound with at least a 65-decibel level when a picture is taken and the function can’t be switched off if users change their phone to a silent mode,” the telecommunications ministry said in a statement.
….Over the past year, South Koreans have bought more than four million camera-equipped phones and it is commonplace to see people taking pictures of their friends, themselves and just about anything else in view. [Wired]