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Gov’t to Crack Down on Hidden Cameras in Public Restrooms


(image: Yonhap)

(image: Yonhap)

SEOUL, Jun. 15 (Korea Bizwire)With spy cameras hidden in public restrooms becoming a serious concern to many in South Korea, the government has announced it will be spending 5 billion won to regularly check for hidden cameras installed in the over 50,000 public washrooms.

The announcement was made today by three government agencies: the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, and the National Police Agency.

The plan will require teams composed of members of local governments, the police, the office of education, public institutions and women’s groups who will be cracking down on the illegal hidden cameras.

Public washroom in densely populated areas will be checked more than once a week, while those in lesser populated areas will be checked less often, but regularly, depending on the situation.

The inspection team will use radiolocating tools and lens-locating devices to find hidden cameras.

Restrooms in private enterprises such as shopping malls or convention centers will also be inspected upon request of the owners of the entities. In addition, the inspection teams will crack down on videos taken with the hidden cameras.

A total of 1,200 cyber investigators will be called upon to clamp down on video providers who upload videos to the Internet.

Operators of porn websites, heavy uploaders, and distributors of lewd content on social media will all be subject to the crackdown.

H. S. Seo (hsseo@koreabizwire.com)

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