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Local Health Clubs Ban Camera Phones

Local Health Clubs Ban Camera Phones

Posted - Jan. 13, 2004 at 4:40 p.m.



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Kimberly Houk reporting The latest trend in cell phone technology is a hit with consumers, but it's also raising questions about our right to privacy.

Cell phones with built-in cameras are already being banned from schools and businesses across the nation, as well as at some health clubs in Salt Lake City.

Both Apple Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness in Salt Lake, have signs telling people that cell phones with built-in cameras are not allowed. Neither place has had problems with the phones yet, but other gyms across the nation have.

Tangi Hendrickes, Apple Fitness: " We can't necessarily say no cell phones. We can't check your pockets as you walk through the door. It's one of those things - if it happens, than we have a right to terminate you. "

Cell phones are becoming more common at gyms, and local cell phone providers say they sell more camera phones now than any other type of phone.

Cindy, Salt Lake City: " I think within 2 or 3 years everybody will have a camera cell phone. And I think it will be hard not to bring them into the gym, but it would make me uncomfortable to have someone bring it into the locker room. "

Most people are concerned with camera phones being in locker rooms. They're simple to use and within a matter of seconds, it can take your picture.

Robbie Tupai, Salt Lake City: "Especially with all the things that are happening with the internet and the pornographic stuff. For someone to take one in the restroom would be very offensive to me. "

Stella Wilson Salt Lake County: "I don't think I've ever thought about it. I think you just hope it doesn't happen to you."

Now along with gyms, some schools across America have banned the phones, because students have used them to cheat on tests. We talked to school districts here in Utah -- Jordan District for example is discussing the situation and any possible policy changes.

Some businesses are concerned also that a camera phone can be used to steal trade secrets and share them with competitors.

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