Will Apple technology prevent citizens from videotaping cops? - KMSP-TV

Will Apple technology prevent citizens from videotaping cops?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - With smartphones now having high definition video recording quality, cops are more regularly getting into trouble with breaking the law.

Throughout the country, police enforcement is attempting to pass laws that would make it illegal to record them while they’re working. In conjunction with that, Apple will soon release new technology that would put the power of turning on and off a phone’s video recorder into law enforcement’s hands, according to a report.

In other words, Apple has patented a piece of technology that would allow the police, as well as the government, to block the transmission of information for cell phones. That includes blocking the capturing of video and photographs. This will also give authorities the power to decide what can and cannot be recorded during any public event.

Apple said the affected places would be movie theatres, concert grounds and similar locations.

“Covert police or government operations may require complete ‘blackout’ conditions,” Apple also said.

Apple’s new technology will transmit a signal to all nearby wireless devices, instantly shutting down all recording functions. It will be activated by GPS, and WiFi or mobile base-stations, making a “geofence” around a specific area blocking all communications.

“As wireless devices such as cellular telephones, pagers, personal media devices and smartphones become ubiquitous, more and more people are carrying these devices in various social and professional settings,” Apple explains in the patent. “The result is that these wireless devices can often annoy, frustrate, and even threaten people in sensitive venues.”


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