Dallas, TX (PressExposure) August 21, 2014 -- As computer hardware gets smaller and smaller, the risk of unwanted surveillance gets bigger and bigger. The news is filled with stories nearly every week about another hidden camera discovered - in a public restroom, in a dormitory, in a hotel room - few places seem secure from privacy violations. And the law is considerably lax in this area. Shockingly, it is in fact legal in as many as 37 states for a store to operate hidden cameras in changing rooms! The Hidden Camera Detector App does exactly what its name implies - it efficiently scans an area and applies a special algorithm to help identify any spy cameras. More information and a video of the app in action is available at http://www.hcdapp.com.
USA Today ran a story recently with the headline "Prying Eyes: Hidden Cameras Becoming More Invasive". It quotes Matt DeLisi, coordinator of the criminal justice program at Iowa State University: "It's something to guard against. Technology is small enough and cheap enough that it is pretty easy to do. It's not super common, but there are cases of it out there."
Consider just the most recent cases from the news:
- On August 16, 2014, it was reported that a hidden camera was found in the employee locker room at the Great Neck Recreation Center in Virginia Beach, VA.
- On July 28, 2014, it was reported that a student at the University of Delaware was arrested for hiding a hidden camera in restrooms around the campus. It's estimated he was recording for over two years and had amassed over 1,500 computer files.
- On July 17, 2014, a camera was discovered in the women's restroom in the Cleveland ABC-TV affiliate WEWS.
- On July 7, 2014, it was reported that a self-contained camera had been discovered at the Hammonasset Beach State Park campground bathhouse in Madison, CT.
- On June 26, 2014, it was reported that a camera was discovered at a fitness center locker room in Seekonk, MA.
The Hidden Camera Detector App is the first iPhone app available proven to locate hidden video recording devices. It works on a principle similar to other, more expensive hardware-based tools to help find hidden spy cameras - by utilizing the iPhone's flash, the spy camera detector app analyzes an area to seek out the telltale signs of pinhole lens reflection. Should a spy camera be detected, the app includes a feature to save a photo with time and GPS information for evidence of any future invasion of privacy claim the user may pursue.