Mobile jammers gain popularity

The jarring polychromatic din of ringing cell phones is increasingly being thwarted from religious sanctuaries to India’s parliament to Tokyo theaters and commuter trains by devices originally developed to help security forces avert eavesdropping and thwart phone-triggered bombings, reports the Associated Press.

— In four Monterrey churches, Israeli-made cell phone jammers the size of paperbacks have been tucked unobtrusively among paintings of the Madonna and statues of the saints.

— In Italy, universities started using the blockers after discovering that cell phone-savvy teenagers were cheating on exams by sending text messages or taking pictures of tests.

— Japan allows public places such as theaters and concert halls to install jammers, provided they obtain a government-issued license.

— Last week, France’s industry minister approved a decision to let cinemas, concert halls and theaters install them as long as provisions are in place so emergency calls can still be made.

.. Canada had considered allowing blocking in similar situations. But Industry Canada, which regulates the country’s telecommunications, decided against it, saying the devices could infringe on personal freedom and affect public safety by crippling communication with law enforcement and security agencies.

— The Indian parliament had jammers installed after politicians ignored requests to turn off their cell phones and legislative sessions were constantly interrupted.

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