With the rise of tourism and the popularity of platforms such as AirBnB it is important to be aware of potential risks and know how to protect privacy when staying in temporary accommodations. Detecting hidden cameras in AirBnB and hotels has become a priority for many travelers after incidents have been reported in which the presence of such devices could be detected.
Regardless of security cameras, cases have been detected of temporary accommodations where hidden cameras have been installed that record guests in their privacy
Why hidden cameras are a concern
Hidden cameras are surveillance devices that are hidden in strategic locations to record without the knowledge or consent of the people present. Although in some cases they are used for legitimate purposes, such as security in public spaces, their unauthorized use in temporary accommodations may seriously violate the privacy of guests.
The discovery of hidden cameras in accommodations such as AirBnB and hotels has raised numerous privacy violation cases in recent years. Since the leakage of intimate images to spying on guests’ daily lives, these incidents have generated growing concern and awareness about the importance of detecting and preventing the presence of unauthorized cameras.
How to detect hidden cameras in temporary accommodations
Detecting hidden cameras can be a challenge as the devices are often small and designed to go unnoticed. However there are some steps travelers can take to protect their privacy:
-Visual inspection: A thorough visual inspection of the room and common spaces for unusual objects or suspicious devices should be carried out, paying particular attention to objects such as clocks, smoke detectors, plugs and mirrors, which could conceal cameras.
-Employ a flashlight: With a flashlight you can look for unusual reflections that might indicate the presence of a camera lens.
-Scan Wi-Fi network: You can scan the Wi-Fi network for unknown or suspicious devices connected to it.
-Signal detectors: Wireless camera signal detectors are available on the market that will help locate possible video transmissions.
-Comments and reviews: Before booking accommodation it is advisable to check comments and reviews from other guests to look for mentions of hidden cameras or negative experiences related to privacy.
-Clothing and personal items: It is advisable to be careful when undressing or performing private activities near personal items, as they could be compromised.
-Use of cell phone: Thanks to the smartphone camera sensor, the infrared light beam of hidden cameras with night recording function can be reached to be detected.
What to do if you find a hidden camera
If you suspect the presence or find a hidden camera in temporary housing it is important to act with caution and consider the following actions:
-Inform the host or hotel staff: Immediately report suspicions to the host in the case of Airbnb or hotel staff. If it is a legitimate situation they will be able to provide information about the purpose of the camera.
-Document the situation: If a hidden camera is found it is advisable to take photographs or videos as evidence before disconnecting or removing it.
-Report to the platform: In the case of Airbnb, report the incident to the platform to take action and protect the privacy of future guests.
-Contact local authorities: If you feel that your right to privacy has been violated you should contact the local authorities to report the incident.
-Search for alternative accommodation: If you do not feel comfortable or safe, alternative accommodation should be sought and consider canceling your reservation.