The New Headache: 'Peeping Tom' Phone Apps
Apps silence 'click,' black out screen to shield photo snapper
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2012 1:49 AM CST
Voyeur opportunity ..   (?Vince Viloria)

(Newser) – Cell phone apps that allow "peeping Toms" to secretly snap photos of unsuspecting targets are causing major headaches in Japan, and are bound to head to closer shores. The apps mute the sound of a photo click, and can also make it appear that the cell phone user is checking out an innocent email, rather than, say, grabbing an illicit photo up a skirt or around the corner into a dressing room, reports the Daily Mail. "We can't help but think these apps are designed specifically for taking sneaky photos," a police investigator tells the Mercury News.

Japanese academics are calling for regulations to prohibit silent snaps as complaints about the photos and invasions of privacy are skyrocketing. "There are limits to legally regulating smartphones whose settings can easily be changed," said one expert. "However, from a corporate ethics viewpoint, we shouldn't ignore the fact that they're being misused for crimes. "

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Jan 3, 2012 7:58 PM CST
This is a headache? Of all the immoral sexual perversions in Japan and the rest of the world this seems rather minor.
Jan 3, 2012 4:11 PM CST
You can't ban all tools just because people will find illegal uses for them. This is another example. Punish the crime for sure, but don't eliminate tools because they can be used in crimes.
Jan 3, 2012 6:30 AM CST
If you're grabbing a pic of something that's on full public display...who's the government to stop you?