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CEA Puts Voluntary Limits On Candid Camera Phones

Arlington, Va. — If he were alive, Allen Funt, creator of TV’s Candid Camera might agree with most of the key recommendations in CEA’s recently announced Camera Phone Code of Conduct, which is designed to educate camera phone owners about proper etiquette and safe operation.

“The digital camera phone market is growing, with an estimated 11.7 million units shipping to retailers this year alone,” said CEA’s president Gary Shapiro. “We hope that consumers will keep in mind the public responsibility that comes with owning this type of product, and encourage retailers to actively educate their customers about appropriate use of these devices.”

The voluntary code will help “promote responsible adoption” and “help ensure that the technology continues to grow and that consumers see the true benefit of these integrated devices,” said John Shalam, chairman of CEA’s wireless division and chairman of Audiovox Corporation.

The voluntary guidelines presented by CEA in the Code of Conduct include seven principles:

1) Camera phones should not be used where photographic equipment is typically banned, for example: museums, movie theaters and live performances. Users should look for signs posted in public places, which indicate whether photographic equipment is banned

2) Camera phones should not be used in public areas considered “private” by those who use them, for example: bathrooms, changing rooms and gym locker rooms.

3) Camera phones should not be used without authorization to record and/or transfer confidential information. This may apply within a corporate, government or educational environment.

4) Camera phones should not be used to take photos of individuals without their knowledge and consent.

5) Discretion is advised when using a camera phone to take photos of individuals under the age of 18.

6) Safety is paramount when operating a motor vehicle. Users should refrain from using the camera or video function of a wireless phone when driving.

7) Camera phone users should always respect the privacy of others. Photography of individuals without their consent, when and where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, may be prohibited by law.