Filmmakers demand encrypted cameras

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Filmmakers demand encrypted camerasAnyone shooting a documentary should be aware that film camera footage is not encrypted. So, if you happen to be filming something as sensitive as an interview with Edward Snowden back in 2013 or taking pictures in a war zone, you do not want your material to fall into the wrong hands – whether they belong to criminals or the authorities.

Almost all PCs and mobile devices now have built-in encryption as standard, but cameras currently do not. As a result, 150 leading filmmakers and photo-journalists, under the auspices of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, are lobbying leading camera manufacturers such as Canon, Olympus, Ricoh, Nikon, Sony, Fuji and Kodak to develop encrypted products. While this may well be a costly exercise, the first one to go to market could stand to make a killing.