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South Korea mulls ban on silent camera apps for mobile phones

SEOUL -- The South Korean government is considering a ban on mobile applications that disable the shutter noise from smartphone cameras to prevent misuse by peeping toms.

The Telecommunications Technology Association plans to create a group standard by the end of this year to address the misuse of the apps, cooperating with smartphone makers including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Pantech and mobile operators SK Telecom, KT and LG U+, according to the country's telecommunications watchdog, Korea Communications Commission.

Two options being considered are to build a feature into each smartphone that would technically block such apps from the manufacturing stage, or to include an LED indicating that the camera is on.

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