Anyone who intends on participating in a protest should be aware that Apple has a patent that can block the transmission of videos and photographs. This technology would allow police and government officials to prevent the free dissemination of information to any public gathering.
And while the company says the affected sites are to be mostly cinemas, theaters, concert grounds and similar locations, Apple Inc. also says “covert police or government operations may require complete ‘blackout’ conditions.”
“Additionally,” Apple says,” the wireless transmission of sensitive information to a remote source is one example of a threat to security. This sensitive information could be anything from classified government information to questions or answers to an examination administered in an academic setting.”
Who decides what is sensitive in a public place where the courts have already decided there are no expectations of privacy? If I own a cell phone or video camera, it belongs to me. If you tamper with its proper use, you are the one in violation of the law. Law enforcement is in place to uphold the law. It is not up to them to enforce what they think the law is. Allowing the police to hack into someone’s electrical equipment to break its functionality is against the law.
Apple patented the means to transmit an encoded signal to all wireless devices, commanding them to disable recording functions.
Those policies would be activated by GPS, and WiFi or mobile base-stations, which would ring-fence (“geofence”) around a building or a “sensitive area” to prevent phone cameras from taking pictures or recording video.
While governments and businesses would ultimately have the final say in what would be blocked, the potential is too great for abuse.