Camera Makers Still Showing Zero Interest In Protecting Users With Built-In 

Digital cameras can store a wealth of personal information and yet they're 
treated as unworthy of extra protection -- both by courts and the camera makers 
themselves. The encryption that comes baked in on cellphones hasn't even been 
offered as an option on cameras, despite camera owners being just as interested 
in protecting their private data as cellphone users are.

The Freedom of the Press Foundation sent a letter to major camera manufacturers 
in December 2016, letting them know filmmakers and journalists would appreciate 
a little assistance keeping their data out of governments' hands.

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Unfortunately, it doesn't look like camera manufacturers are considering 
offering encryption. The issue still doesn't even appear to be on their radar, 
more than a year after the Freedom of the Press Foundation's letter -- signed 
by 150 photographers and filmmakers -- indicated plenty of customers wanted 
better protection for their cameras. Zack Whittaker of ZDNet asked several 
manufacturers about their encryption plans and received noncommittal shrugs in 

An Olympus spokesperson said the company will "in the next year... continue to 
review the request to implement encryption technology in our photographic and 
video products and will develop a plan for implementation where applicable in 
consideration to the Olympus product  roadmap and the market requirements."

When reached, Canon said it was "not at liberty to comment on future products 
and/or innovation."

Sony also said it "isn't discussing product roadmaps relative to camera 

A Nikon spokesperson said the company is "constantly listening to the needs of 
an evolving market and considering photographer feedback, and we will continue 
to evaluate product features to best suit the needs of our users."

And Fuji did not respond to several requests for comment by phone and email 
prior to publication.

The message appears to be that camera owners are on their own when it comes to 
keeping their photos and footage out of the hands of government agents. This is 
unfortunate considering how many journalists and documentarians do their work 
in countries with fewer civil liberties protections than the US. Even in the 
US, those civil liberties can be waived away if photographers wander too close 
to US borders. If a government can search something, it will. Encryption may 
not thwart all searches, but it will at least impede the most questionable ones.
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