See it’s not just me who keeps going on about how #Apple is trying to control what you can and cannot do with a device you’ve paid £400+ for! Here’s Joe Goodden’s tweet:
Joe Goodden @joegoodden
Piss off, Apple. Stop trying to control what people do with their own devices. http://t.co/KYCFAQAy
His tweet was retweeted by Aral Balkan
Aral Balkan @aral
If Apple implements ability to wirelessly disable the camera on my iPhone I will stop using an iPhone.
Aral, I already have – all this stuff about patents for ideas in the public domain, non-ownership of digital content, inability to personalise MY device to MY hearts content
He then went goes further making the obvious (but it still needed to be said) point:
Aral Balkan @aral
It’s pretty clear that if we want a world where we have control over our devices & data, we have to create open products that compete on UX
Or is this what Apple does so it can ensure that it gets its own way in the US law courts?
As to remotely disabling functionality such as the camera that’s just obscene – surely it’s an infringement of one’s civil liberties – doesn’t the Human Rights Act cover off freedoms such as this. I know that in the UK and elsewhere there are laws in existence which prevent people from photographing certain locations – and I understand that there are National Security issues but allowing a frigging patent? What is going on between Apple and US Government?
Interesting also that allegedly Apple is about to launch 10 new products….whilst I’m certain they will look gorgeous, be made brilliantly and work superbly I for one won’t be looking to purchase one – and I urge you all to make the same statement – Piss off, Apple. Stop trying to control what people do with their own devices.
The original article is shown below – a straight copy from the web
Apple granted a patent to wirelessly disable cameras on iphones in certain locations
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Recording, communicating during protests, political events could be restricted
Sept 3, 2012
Apple was granted a patent last week that will enable it to wirelessly disable the camera on iphones in certain locations, sparking fears that such techniques could be used to prevent citizens from communicating with each other or taking video during protests or events such as political conventions and gatherings.
The camera phone has revolutionized the flow of information in the digital age. Any time a major event takes place, news networks and video websites are immediately inundated with footage and photographs from the scene.
That could all change in the future however, with a flick of a switch, according to U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902, published on Tuesday, titled, “Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device.”.