The selfie stick crackdown has begun.
South Korea’s government said it would start checks on sellers of selfie sticks on Friday, with retailers selling uncertified products facing a maximum fine of 30 million won (US$27,000) or even prison time of as long as three years.
The probe focuses on selfie sticks that tout Bluetooth functionality to allow users to take photos more easily. Such models generally have a button near the grip of the stick that operates the camera on a connected smartphone.
The problem is, according to the science ministry, that these devices are classified as communications equipment and have to be tested and obtain certification about the level of electromagnetic radiation they emit before being commercially distributed.