New Law Will Require Camera Phones to ‘Click’

By Michael Horton •  Updated: 01/06/09 •  2 min read

A new bill is being introduced called, Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, which would require any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera’s phone. It would also prohibit such a phone from being equipped with a means of disabling or silencing the tone.

While it is a good gesture, I do not believe having such a law would deter criminals from hacking their camera phones to take pictures in inappropriate ways. Also, the real criminals would not even use a camera phone but would probably use other devices such as a hidden camera. Regardless, at least with the bill signed into law it would allow prosecution and jail time for individuals that get caught with a camera phone that does not make a noise.

One question does remain, what if you have a camera phone that doesn’t make the noise at all or is suppressible? Would older phones still be covered under this new law?


The bill did not progress beyond debate, never came up for a vote, and was not enacted in the 111th Congress (2009–2010).

Thankfully, legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.