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Shoppers focus on tiny hidden cameras

PENS, erasers, watches and even shampoo bottles containing tiny hidden cameras - some with night vision - are proving a big hit at the city's electronic products shopping streets.

They look identical to everyday items but incorporate cameras that can take still photographs, record movies and make audio recordings.

Prices at Qiujiang Road electronic products street range from 200 yuan (US$30) to 1,000 yuan, depending on functions.

According to vendors, one 800 yuan micro camera includes a night vision mode so users can obtain clear images late at night without flash lights.

Another micro camera is disguised to look like a bottle of shampoo, ideal for being placed in bathrooms.

Vendors suggest that these devices can be easily brought into examination halls, company offices or other people's homes for covert recordings.

However, selling, owning and using devices with hidden cameras and wiretapping functions is forbidden under the State Security Law.

Law enforcement teams can confiscate these devices and any evidence collected using them cannot be submitted in court, according to lawyers.

On Monday, Fudan University brought in Shanghai police to investigate a case where a website published its admissions exam paper only five minutes after the test ended.

It is suspected that a bogus candidate who had a pen equipped with a tiny camera photographed the admissions exam paper.


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