Ban on peek-a-boo cam phones

Hong Kong gyms are getting worried — justifiably so, I’d say — about the impact of the new generation of phones with cameras. One chain has banned them from their lockers:

“It’s just some areas that are restricted for mobile phones,” Physical spokeswoman Miran Chan said. “Some of these phones can be used as cameras. If someone uses a phone this way and takes a photo and puts it on the Internet, it’s not very good for our members and their privacy.”

Man, people thought the X10 spy cams were bad enough.

(This item comes courtesy the coolness that is Gizmodo.)

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