China targets underground camera peeping industry

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Chinese authorities have launched a nationwide campaign against the underground industry relevant to camera peeping.

The operation from May to August, per a decision made by the Cyberspace Administration of China and three other government agencies, aims to protect individual privacy as camera peeping-related illegal practices have severely infringed upon privacy and become an issue of concern to many.

According to officials, recent years saw lawless individuals hack into and control security cameras in citizens' homes and public places, convert smartphones and smart bracelet bands into camera-peeping kits, sell cracked software, and spread peeping techniques to peeping Toms. It all formed an underground industrial chain.

Security camera producers should enhance their products' security capacity while related cloud service providers need to beef up data security, said a notice from the authorities.

Authorities also demanded internet platforms take their responsibility seriously in helping prevent the spread of illegal and harmful information relevant to the underground industry.

The notice stressed that illegalities would be strictly dealt with under the law. 

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