HR Strange But True!
July 11, 2003

Those cell phones that contain little digital cameras have become all the rage in Asia, and as they become more popular in the U.S., employers can expect more of the security problems that have popped up in Asian countries as well.

The camera-phones have enabled such crimes as taking photos up women's skirts and snapping shots of open books and magazines in bookstores to avoid having to pay for the items - a practice dubbed "digital shoplifting." But what particularly concerns employers is using the technology for industrial spying.

In South Korea, where more than 3 million camera-equipped cell phones are believed to be in circulation, Samsung Electronics has banned their use in its semiconductor and research facilities, the Associated Press reports. Samsung, itself a leading maker of cell phones, is requiring employees and visitors to stick tape over their handsets' camera lenses.

"The problem with a new technology is that society has yet to come up with a common understanding about appropriate behavior," said Mizuko Ito, an expert on mobile phone culture at Keio University in Tokyo.

Source: Associated Press, via

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