Now, RIM has scored a patent which would “prevent inconspicuous use of cameras.” The way this would work according to the patent, a user would not be able to take a picture until the device has been held and focused for a certain amount of time.
Once it makes it to future BlackBerry devices, that period of time would be determined by a company’s IT department. Specific IT policies are a differentiator for BlackBerrys. With them, IT departments can lock down a company BlackBerry to do nothing, or open itself up to do whatever the user desires and everything else in between. In this case, the patent is geared for businesses to give them a tool to prevent employees from snapping spy pics of something super-secret.
In the past, RIM’s approach to this was to build devices without a camera altogether. This option gives companies more finite control while still allowing users to switch to personal settings during personal time.
sources: USPTO via Engadget