The rapid emergence of smart phones with high definition cameras leads to consequences for law-breaking cops.
Recently, law enforcement throughout the US has been trying to pass laws that would make it illegal to film them while they’re on duty.
But Apple is coming out with a new technology that would put all the power in a cop’s hands.
Here is the patent which Apple holds for this technology:
Apparatus and methods for changing one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device, such as upon the occurrence of a certain event. In one embodiment, the event comprises detecting that the wireless device is within range of one or more other devices. In another variant, the event comprises the wireless device associating with a certain access point. In this manner, various aspects of device functionality may be enabled or restricted (device “policies”). This policy enforcement capability is useful for a variety of reasons, including for example to disable noise and/or light emanating from wireless devices (such as at a movie theater), for preventing wireless devices from communicating with other wireless devices (such as in academic settings), and for forcing certain electronic devices to enter “sleep mode” when entering a sensitive area.
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