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Camera Phones a Threat to Privacy?

The Ombudsman for Data Protection has issued new guidelines about the use of camera phones in public places, saying they can be a threat to privacy.

The Ombudsman has reminded the public that photography with a camera phone is covered by the same regulations as for any camera. He noted that people may violate privacy laws without being aware of it and find themselves guilty of invasion of privacy, or in violation of laws on the protection of personal data.

Some restaurants have already banned the use of camera phones, particularly after some magazines began offering cash for readers' pictures of celebrities.

The Office of the Ombudsman for Data Protection is publishing new guide about the use of camera phones and privacy which is to be made available next week.

The Office has also surveyed the public concerning the attitude toward camera phones and found that an absolute majority consider them a threat to privacy.


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