paparazzi

The headline in the The Times made us a little worried that someday we'd have to a face a world without celebrity spy photos, so it was a relief to read on and realize that the "privacy protection system" HP is working on—that involves a special wearable electronic badge that can stop digital cameras from taking pictures of people's faces—only works with "compatible cameras". (Sounds a lot like those methods for disabling the cameras in cameraphones.) They're billing it as a paparazzi-stopper, but could someone please explain why any member of the paparazzi, or anyone else for that matter, would ever buy a camera that someone else could disable?

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