“A Care2 petition has launched a petition asking Apple not to implement a recently-granted patent that would allow iPhone cameras to be disabled remotely,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac.

“While the patent has in mind situations like concerts, where the audience can have their view blocked by a sea of cameraphones,” Lovejoy reports, “the petition is concerned about the potential for more sinister uses of the technology.”

Imagine: you’re walking down the street when you see police officers slamming a woman to the ground. They’re exhibiting a shocking use of force — one officers pushes her face into the ground. Another sticks his knee into her back. You become worried. You pull out your phone to record the incident — only to have your camera mysteriously shut off.

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s patent application describes the iPhone or iPad camera detecting an infrared signal and interpreting the data. Are police officers really going to be outfitted with potable infrared signal transmitters intended to block iPhone cameras? We’d be more concerned if the patent described disabling the camera via iBeacon or geofencing via GPS and/or Wi-Fi. Even then, only iPhone cameras would be rendered useless, not all cameras.

Apple could stop civilians recording police with new iPhone technology – July 8, 2016
Apple granted patent that prohibits iPhones from taking photos at concerts, other sensitive locations – June 28, 2016