• Apple Patents Remote ‘Kill Switch’ for iPhone Cameras

    August 10, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America


    What to do about all those darn videos showing cops murdering people?

    They make it much harder for law enforcement to lie about their own actions, and just get everyone all fired up. Why not ask Apple (for starters) to build in a “feature” on a future generation of iPhones that will allow cameras to be disabled remotely?

    A patent granted to Apple this month details technology that remotely disables iPhone cameras using infrared sensors. Someone you do not know and cannot see will be able, without your permission, to disable the camera on a phone you own and are legally using, perhaps to take video of your son’s Little League game, perhaps to take video of a police officer choking to death an innocent man.

    Apple’s patent application used the example of a rock band wanting to prevent audience members from recording a concert. Nasty bootleggers and their darn YouTubing!

    While the First Amendment, backed up by much case law, guarantees the right of citizens to record the actions of government employees, including the police, conducting their duties in public places, the Amendment does not guarantee corporate America has to sell you the technology to do so. It is Constitutionally unclear if a police force using such technology to block video would violate the First Amendment (hey, you could switch over to your Dad’s camcorder that’s in the basement), but knowing the way things work, the cops would try it first, worry about court cases later.

    And indeed you can hear the arguments terrorism, national security event, blahblahblah. Perhaps the police could designate First Amendment Video Zones outside any large event where citizens could shoot video of each other to their heart’s content?

    Another interesting legal question would be the effect of citizens using some other technology to disable the technology used by police to disable camera phones. Would that become illegal, the way some states have made the use of radar detectors in your car illegal?

    So as the cops like to say, “Hey, nothing to see here folks, move along.”

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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...


      The starting bid for Kodak Brownie and Polaroid cameras on Ebay just jumped ten fold.

      08/10/16 9:09 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      That’s nothing. Next they will invent a kill switch to disable Iphones nationwide. Millions of smart phone addicts, most of whom are anti-GOP, will be left with their own thoughts and, realizing what a waste their lives are, will probably commit suicide at the thought.

      08/10/16 9:13 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Speaking of “kill switches”, Donald Trump’s blast against Hillarious may come back to haunt him. First, the GOP PTB want Trump gone as his lunacy threatens the entire GOP ticket. If some “Hillary supporter” took a shot at Trump, it could either miss and then rally the voters to Trump’s side, or the GOP would be looking to fill the hole at the top of the ticket, assuming the shot doesn’t ignite a civil war, which would make Putin happy.

      08/10/16 9:33 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer- I hear the government is now recruiting for protective duty for both candidates- no age restrictions or background checks required in anticipation of a flurry of early retirements from current protective details. Seems not many working those details want to get shot or killed protecting Hillary of Donald? Makes sense.

      08/10/16 9:42 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      The majority of Americans don’t want EITHER candidate.

      08/10/16 9:56 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      I do not have an spple. My computer today said I could log in without typing in password, it will use my face ! That is special. Do I need to remove the tape across the camera area? I not great with computers. Snowden/2016

      08/10/16 11:11 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer: We know which candidate for POTUS Putin hopes will be taken out by a loonie after finding out about an unsent but recently released email.
      It read, “The glorious but defunct Tsarist tradition of Russis is now alive and well in the USA, You’re toast!” (cackle, cackle) Czarina Hillary

      08/10/16 11:18 AM | Comment Link

    • Jessica said...


      Just an editorial FYI. The patent was issued in June, not this month, according to the Guardian article.

      08/10/16 12:12 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      If the iPhone “kill switch” is deployed, the only thing it will kill will be iPhone sales. Since Jobs started his new career as a worm farm, the “genius” of Apple has given us the “smart watch” and the all-glass iPhone. As if the old iPhone didn’t crack enough. i=idiot


      08/10/16 2:23 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...


      Nope leave the tape in place your computer has x-ray and infer-red vision. Please always move slowly when entering and leaving the room you don’t want to startle the puter it might have drone near by;)

      08/10/16 5:36 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Kill switch for iphones. Haha. Wait till Trump coerces a GOP dominated Congress to pass legislation requiring all newborns to receive a nano RFID chip by injection.. with built in kill switch of course.

      Trump brings a whole new meaning to the word tyrant.
      Meanwhile, as the worlds consummate liar, it’s a no brainer he would seek another quintessential liar as a National Security “adviser”, who, as Muika’s own version of Goebells,Goering, Himmler, and Bormann…all rolled into one.. will whisper in Trump’s ear, sweet nothings of National Security bullshit.

      Wonderful. whudda thunk. He’ll make the
      kill switch Tuesday a weekly reality series.

      08/11/16 9:27 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      sheeezus..speaking of kill…. I’d “kill” for an edit button.. insert two rolling eyes smiley here.


      Yes..THAT Mike Rodgers..the worlds posterchild for Scumbags R Us..

      08/11/16 9:30 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood”.

      08/11/16 10:41 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...



      Don’t worry, Trump doesn’t want the job – it doesn’t pay enough. Those who know this clown know he only cares about himself and he is only interested in making money. He’s disappointed the Koch Bros or Sheldon Adelson haven’t offered to pay his debts if he would drop out. Losing will tarnish his pathetic brand. He will make one ridiculous statement after another to force them to get rid of him – just like Saul Goodman did. But it’s too late for the Kill Switch.

      08/11/16 10:49 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer: what sane person would want to be POTUS for even one term? It’s a position for losers. You’re being jerked around by the opposition and your own military advisors. Of course the partisan bickering is for show. Both so called parties share the same lust for military conquest.

      08/11/16 2:24 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “Both so called parties share the same lust for military conquest.”

      There can be only one: The Wall Street War Party.

      08/11/16 5:56 PM | Comment Link

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