City Strengthens Effort against Spy Cams at Public Toilets
The Parks and Street Lights Office (PSLO) noted that the city government has kicked-off an anti-hidden camera campaign targeting the city’s public restrooms at parks to protect women from spy cams when accessing public toilets.The campaign has been carried out in accordance with “Prevention of Pinhole Photographing at the Public Places in Taipei City,” a regulation taking effect on September 1, 2002. PSLO Director Huang Li-yuan pointed out that the agency conducts at least one or two hidden camera detection checks per month utilizing anti-surveillance equipment at the 98 parks within the jurisdiction of Taipei City. In 2016 alone, a total of 1,764 detection activities were implemented by individual park management facilities, with detectors performing 620 spot-checks targeting these facilities to reduce the threat of peeping Toms and ensure the privacy of women restrooms. To date no spy gadgets have been found in the City’s public toilets. A resident of Beitou District surnamed Lin noted that Taipei’s measures against the installation of pinhole cameras at parks and the City’s effort in publishing updated detection results have allowed her to use public restrooms with a heightened sense of security, especially at toilets located in the remote mountainous areas.