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Camera Phones At Work?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mike Bertelson, Sep 29, 2010.

What are the restrictions on camera phones at work

  1. I have camera phone restrictions where I work.

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  2. I know someone who has camera phone restrictions at their job.

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  3. I have, and I know other companies locally, who have camera phone restrictions at work.

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    28.3%
  4. I do not have, nor do I know anyone who has, camera phone restrictions at work

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    26.1%
  1. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Every time I see someone ask a question about finding a cell phone without a camera, there are always those who say there aren’t enough people affected by this to worry about it.

    This got me to wondering just how many people have restrictions on cameras phones at work.

    Mike
     
  2. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    We don't, but I've seen several "business" models of phones that are identical except the camera's removed.
     
  3. matt

    matt New Member

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    I have a personal restriction against camera phones. Since I freelance, does that count? :D
     
  4. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    I do not have, nor do I know anyone who has, camera phone restrictions at work


    They tend to frown on it at the stip clubs though.
     
  5. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Ba-Dum-Bump-Crash :lol:

    Mike
     
  6. dpeters11

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    We don't, but some of our clients do, so they either have to get a phone without a camera, or leave it with security. For obvious reasons, security wouldn't care if I had disabled the user's camera.
     
  7. Mike Bertelson

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    I found a couple of sites will remove cameras but it seems to be targeted at iPhones.

    Then there's always those posts/sites that give you step by step tear down of a phone. I found one for the Captivate but I think I'll stick to swapping my SIM to my other phone when I go to work. :grin:

    Mike
     
  8. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers DIRECTV A-Team

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    I know people who work at very large facilities that require cell phones to be checked in when they arrive at work, not as uncommon as you think. Most R&D facilities are like this. You will probably find that in these same facilities USB ports on PC's are disabled and the PC have no DVD or CD burners installed.
     
  9. rahlquist

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    I think its time for folks to wake up to the fact that you can get decent quality video out of a camera smaller than a 9volt battery and understand that a camera phone should be the least of their concerns. A camera phone is as much a threat in most cases as a non pirate is to the movie business. You will inconvenience the honest people but the criminals, they will laugh at your efforts.

    Maybe someone should try to completely bathe an area in high levels of IR. This might cause most digital cameras to at the very least wash out. Privacy form hidden cameras is gone. Time to accept that and move forward.
     
  10. Mike Bertelson

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    Our USB ports used to be disabled. However now they’re enabled but we have an encryption program that automatically encrypts anything written to it. The idea being that you can only read what’s on it from another machine with the same program.

    Mike
     
  11. Mike Bertelson

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    They can take a decent enough still to get some good info. I do agree with you though. Restricting camera phones is like putting a lock on your shed...it just keeps honest people honest. :grin:

    Mike
     
  12. HDJulie

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    I work for a contract company that does work for the Government & Military so there are restrictions on camera phones. Until last year, no one at the company could have a company-owned camera phone. Now, though, those who work at non-Government or Military sites can get them (or rather, the phones provided for non-Government & Military sites now have cameras).
     
  13. rahlquist

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    See now youre hearin me ;) its just like the BS laptop searches at the border when anyone could swallow a wax coated microsd card and carry that with no laptop. Do they really expect a competent terrorist to have their plans to blow up something in power point or an mp3 so they can observe the plans? Seriously?
     
  14. Mike Bertelson

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    In the end though, it doesn't change the fact that restrictions exist. Regardless of the futility of those restrictions, they are in place and are not likely to go away any time soon.

    The real question is, are decent smart phones ever going to be available without cameras. When AT&T comes to work they bring some basic non-camera phones (all crap) and can special order a few BlackBerry’s without a camera (don’t remember which models). Beyond that there’s nothing. :shrug:

    Mike
     
  15. Lee L

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    My wife's company issued Blackberry has the camera disabled through their server. Not sure if they outright ban camera phones as lots of people she works with bring their own phones every day and they have functional cameras on them.
     
  16. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    Mike, as you know, I work in a highly sensitive environment, camera phones are a huge no-no. To that end, cellular phones are outlawed too. :)
     
  17. Mike Bertelson

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    We have a couple of areas where there are no electronic devices of any kind allowed. For 99% of the facility cell phones (sans camera) are allowed.

    Mike
     
  18. kc1ih

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    I know at least one Nudist resort that restricts all cell phones to an out-of-the-way area that is visually blocked from the other areas of the resort.
     
  19. matt

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