The issue came into focus when Marcus Hutchins, a famous hacker, who stopped the infamous WannaCry virus, posted a video on TikTok explaining how to spot a hidden camera in your hotel room or AirBnb. From this video, we can also see how easy it is to plant one.
Thomas Ham, the owner of the counter-surveillance measure company Spy Catchers LLC, said that their workload has doubled since the pandemic began. This indicates that the issue is much more prevalent than we may think.
Experts claim that spotting a hidden camera in your room is not that difficult, and you don’t need any sophisticated spy-gadgets — a phone with a camera is usually enough. Below we give you some tips on how to do this:
First of all, get out of the place and find another one as soon as possible.
Airbnb explicitly forbids users from monitoring both guests and hosts without their consent. So, if you find a camera, you can cancel the reservation and immediately get a refund after reporting it to the service. Also, the host might get a permanent ban from Airbnb due to such violations.
If you find a camera in a hotel room, immediately report it to the management as well as the platform where you made the reservation (e.g., booking.com). If this doesn’t help, sometimes it’s a good idea to involve law enforcement as it is a serious privacy violation punishable by law in most countries.
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