Over 11,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple not to include technology it patented that would allow the cameras on its devices to be jammed.
The patent, called “Systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect images based on visible light”, was awarded to Apple on 28 June.
It should be noted that Apple has not stated it intends to use the patented technology.
The technology could be used to respect people’s privacy or discourage concert-goers from holding up their phone during a performance.
The petitioners have warned that the technology could be abused by governments to censor political dissidents, activists, and citizens who are recording police brutality.