Legislation watch...ok, this is just DUMB

@xfahctor (14111)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
January 27, 2009 2:51pm CST
Ok, comeone guys, this is just stupid . But don't worry, trivial things like a crashing economy and rampant corruption will take a backseat to much more important things like silent cellphone cameras. I tell ya, I was seriously worried about this, I'm glad the hero's in congress are doing somehting about it [/sarcasm] http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.414: Camera Phone Predator Alert Act (Introduced in House) HR 414 IH 111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 414 To require mobile phones containing digital cameras to make a sound when a photograph is taken. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 9, 2009 Mr. KING of New York introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A BILL To require mobile phones containing digital cameras to make a sound when a photograph is taken. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Camera Phone Predator Alert Act'. SEC. 2. FINDING. Congress finds that children and adolescents have been exploited by photographs taken in dressing rooms and public places with the use of a camera phone. SEC. 3. AUDIBLE SOUND STANDARD. (a) Requirement- Beginning 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, any mobile phone containing a digital camera that is manufactured for sale in the United States shall sound a tone or other sound audible within a reasonable radius of the phone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera in such phone. A mobile phone manufactured after such date shall not be equipped with a means of disabling or silencing such tone or sound. (b) Enforcement by Consumer Product Safety Commission- The requirement in subsection (a) shall be treated as a consumer product safety standard promulgated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission under section 7 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2056). A violation of subsection (a) shall be enforced by the Commission under section 19 of such Act (15 U.S.C. 2068).
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@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Give me a f*cking break. This is where our tax dollars go? Most of these camera phones are made in Japan and Taiwan. Now our government wants to tell businesses in other countries what to do? This won't change anything regarding predators. All they'll do is stick with phones made before this ridiculous bill, or if they have an ounce of technical knowledge they'll just disconnect the speaker. Is this still in committee, or are they actually ready to vote on this garbage?
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
27 Jan 09
FYI, the link is bringing up an empty page.
@Tony78 (89)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I was thinking the same thing when I read this. Well I don't have a cell phone so I would just have to carry a mini hidden camera. Videos are better than pictures anyway. I agree, such a bill would accomplish nothing, so of course it will pass with an overwhelming majority.
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
29 Jan 09
BAH, it's good to know that we've plenty of idiots left in politicking. _ and people said we had hope that they might become less plentiful...
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Hey, at least they gave it a really cool name! I don't think this is something that needs to be legislated as law. With so many cell phones out there that already take silent pictures it's kind of like closing the barn door after most of the horses have already had their pictures taken.