As far as the cameras .. it doesn't fucking matter. Those fucking cops who want to skirt that will drag their "suspect" behind the fucking car and beat the shit out of them. Trust me, I know - that also has happened to one of my brothers. If a cop don't want to be filmed, they aren't. Only the cops who aren't dirty motherfuckers handle their business in front of the cameras. In addition to that, I saw something on FB recently (I have not verified it) about Apple helping the cops by disabling cameras/smart phones when they are in the vicinity of police activity because of all the shit that cops have recently been caught doing.
ok, I googled:
U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902, otherwise known as "Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device," was granted in late-August, and would allow phone policies to be set to "chang[e] one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device [...] upon the occurrence of a certain event."
What that means in real-terms is "preventing wireless devices from communicating with other wireless devices (such as in academic settings)," and for, "forcing certain electronic devices to enter "sleep mode" when entering a sensitive area."
But the patented technology may also be used to restrict protesters' right to free expression in oppressive regimes around the world -- if you haven't checked recently, there's plenty of them -- by preventing camera images and video being taken at political rallies and events.
Apple makes a good point for the voice of good:
As wireless devices such as cellular telephones, pagers, personal media devices and smartphones become ubiquitous, more and more people are carrying these devices in various social and professional settings. The result is that these wireless devices can often annoy, frustrate, and even threaten people in sensitive venues. For example, cell phones with loud ringers frequently disrupt meetings, the presentation of movies, religious ceremonies, weddings, funerals, academic lectures, and test-taking environments. But it notes later on:
Covert police or government operations may require complete "blackout" conditions. What the fuck is going on out there?