Originally Posted by Mr. Me
The cellphone camera security risk is a total fabrication. Most documents today are available in electronic form. Email with attachments can distribute much more information with much greater fidelity much faster than you can with a hundred cellphones with or without cameras.
True Story: This past summer I took a tour of a nearby NASA facility. Cellphones were forbidden inside. The members of my group dutifully complied leaving their phones in their cars or back home. I was surprised and a bit amused to see a member of another tour group making full use of his PDA while we were in the heart of the facilty.
Fabrication or not it is very real policy at many companies. I cannot enter my company without sealing my camera phone into a tamper proof bag.
My experience is similar to yours. Companies that are serious about security to the point of banning camera phones would not allow an iphone simply for the fact that it can still be used for data entry, storage, and transmission of sensitive information. I've seen security cracking down on any phone with a miniUSB port which many now use to recharge. Does it really make it harder for me to steal information if I felt so inclined? No, but it makes them feel better.