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Camera-Enabled Phones Pose Significant Liability for Most Enterprises, Warns META Group

  • 10 December, 2003 10:37

<p>Camera-Enabled Phones Pose Significant Liability for Most Enterprises, Warns META Group
Organisations Should Disable Camera in Feature-Rich Mobile Phones</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia. (December 10, 2003) With the cost of adding cameras to mobile phones becoming marginal (US$2-$5 per phone), META Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: METG), expects the majority of phones to include this capability within two to three years. However, for many organisations, cameras represent a significant liability or security risk — such as inappropriate candid shots of employees, pictures of production lines.
While the quality of most cameras in current phones is poor, it nonetheless represents a potential channel for leaks of sensitive data or other images that can produce unintended consequences. META Group recommends setting up a clear policy of no camera-enabled phones.
“Most organisations that provide phones to their employees and that are evaluating new, feature-rich mobile phones should require the vendor or carrier/supplier to permanently disable the camera or provide a device without a camera,” said Jack Gold, vice president with META Group’s Technology Research Services. “In addition, most organisations should
examine mobile phones coming on premises and prevent camera-enabled devices from entering, particularly those belonging to non-employees.” Enterprises should set firm policies for such devices and restrict their acquisition and use. Furthermore, all employees should be made aware of the policy and be called on to actively enforce it throughout the workplace.
“Although we expect to see some camera-enabled devices used in enterprises — insurance adjusters, inspections, field services — most organizations will look unfavorably on the deployment of camera-enabled devices and restrict their acquisition and use,” said Gold.</p>
<p>About META Group
META Group is a leading provider of information technology research, advisory services, and strategic consulting. Delivering objective and actionable guidance, META Group’s experienced analysts and consultants are trusted advisors to IT and business executives around the world. Our unique collaborative models and dedicated customer service help clients be more efficient, effective, and timely in their use of IT to achieve their business goals. Visit for more details on our high-value approach.</p>
Kirsten Davey
Markom Marketing
<p>Peter Carr, General Manager
META Group

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