Date
16 December 2017
The discovery triggered calls for inspections of public facilities and a crackdown on spy camera sales. Photo: hncgxh.com
The discovery triggered calls for inspections of public facilities and a crackdown on spy camera sales. Photo: hncgxh.com

Who’s watching? Hidden camera found in women’s toilet

Women are wary about using Hong Kong’s public toilets and changing rooms after a clothes hanger found in a railway station toilet turned out to be a hidden camera.

The discovery triggered calls from legislator Elizabeth Quat for inspections of public facilities and a crackdown on spy camera sales. 

Such devices are openly sold for about HK$500 each and can be easily installed in everything from pens, watches, digital clocks and eye glasses to car keys and smoke detectors, Apple Daily reported.

Some of them use Wi-Fi, meaning video footage can be instantly downloaded to smartphones or tablets.

In mainland China, spy cameras can be custom-made for a fee, the report said.

Quat said the government should inspect all public facilities to ensure privacy and commercial establishments should also check their premises.

Restrictions should be made on the sale of surveillance cameras, Quat was quoted as saying.

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