As advancements are made in digital video technology, covert digital devices
have become smaller and smaller while still becoming more and more powerful.
Covert digital camera devices can be made so small that they can easily be
hidden in objects such as pens, glasses, and cell phones. Some real benefits can
be gained from the use of hidden surveillance technology. However, improper
usage of covert camera devices can have a real negative impact on personal
privacy, and encourage more intellectual property theft and industrial
espionage. We will seek to explore some of the negative impacts the use of these
miniature spy digital cameras can have when placed in the wrong hands.
Covert surveillance cameras do have their benefits. However, given the
potential for serious misuse, it is easy to see why some do not readily agree
with their use. One of the biggest problems with covert spy surveillance devices
is that they are so easy to come by in today's market. Anyone can purchase these
tiny hidden digital cameras easily off the Internet. Because there is no way to
control who purchases hidden spy cameras, or what they do with them, the
potential for abuse is high. The two biggest opportunities for abuse involve
intellectual property theft, and invasion of privacy rights. The following will
explain each of these problems a little more in depth.
- Intellectual property theft -- This is perhaps one of the biggest
dangers of inappropriately used hidden camera devices. The potential cost to
corporations of stolen intellectual property data could be astronomical.
Intellectual property data can consist of business contacts, confidential
documents, computer files, or marketing plans. Companies have sought to put
measures in place to keep this kind of theft from occurring. However, the
prevalence of these tiny digital spy devices makes it almost impossible for
companies to protect themselves against all such theft.
- Invasion of personal privacy rights -- This is always a concern since
detecting the illegal use of covert video cameras is almost impossible. Digital
cameras have become so small and so sophisticated, that they can easily be
concealed almost anywhere. They are very effective at accomplishing what they
were designed to do, capture images undetected.
The introduction of these miniature hidden spy cameras into the market has
changed the way we have to think about and deal with these issues. Since it is
not likely that the use of covert digital cameras will stop anytime soon,
companies need to adapt and develop effective strategies for dealing with them.
Companies need to take care to educate their employees of their rights as well
as potential consequences if they are caught using covert digital cameras
Since this trend is not likely to end anytime soon, our best defense is to be
educated about the potential misuses of covert video devices. Businesses and
individuals alike need to be well aware of the potential losses they can face
both corporately and privately. It is only then that effective strategies will