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Fears for civil liberties as Apple patents technology that could remotely disable protesters' smartphones
•Technology would broadcast a signal to automatically shut down smartphone features, or even the entire phone
•Apple claims it would most likely be used to prevent copyright theft or to guarantee privacy in sensitive areas
•Civil liberties campaigners fear it could be misused by the authorities to silence 'awkward citizens'
Apple have received a patent for a technology that could allow the police to disable protesters smartphones, it has emerged.
The new technology would act as a 'kill switch' for smartphones, disabling any cameras on the devices and blocking their connection to mobile networks.
Apple stresses that the function would be most likely used to prevent copyright theft, such as in cinemas, or to stop phone cameras being used in inappropriate places, like department store changing rooms.
However, in the filing for U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902, the company adds that 'covert police or government operations may require complete "blackout" conditions'.
Originally posted by randomname
does the iphone actually belong to the costumer, or does your $740+ purchase payment just entitle you to say you got the new iphone (insert latest version).
they don't call them applebots for nothing.
edit on 7-11-2012 by randomname because: (no reason given)