Workplaces 'should ban camera phones'
An analyst says all companies should bar mobile phones capable of taking photos from their premises. All companies, not just those handling highly sensitive materials, should ban employees and visitors bringing camera-enabled phones into the premises, according to an analyst. “A clear policy of no camera-enabled phones — just as there is a clear policy in most companies that no cameras are allowed on the premises — is required and desirable,” said Jack Gold, an analyst with IT research firm Meta Group. Most organisations will “look unfavourably” on camera-enabled devices and will wish to “restrict their acquisition and use”. They should set firm policies for such devices, he said. While the image quality of cameras in most phones is poor, they are a channel for leaks of sensitive data or other images that can produce “unintended consequences”, said Gold. Full Story