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Secretly filmed in bed

Hidden spy cam films are prevalent on the internet. If you discovered that you have been secretly filmed in bed you need to act quickly.

Films are distributed very fast on the internet so if you have found out that you have been secretly filmed in bed or anywhere that you expect privacy, you are probably feeling violated and angry.

Understanding Voyeurism

Whether the secretly filmed in bed videos are on the net already or whether you are worried because you have just discovered a hidden camera where you are staying, you should act fast but not panic. 

Voyeurism is a crime which could carry a prison sentence of 2 years. It matters not whether the videos of being secretly filmed in bed are posted online, only viewed by the offender or never viewed at all. The reality is that this crime is increasing in frequency together with the surge in spy camera sales. We are all vulnerable to being secretly filmed, with the recordings showing up on porn websites or being livestreamed to voyeuristic sites online. 

The criminal offence of Voyeurism attracts a prison sentence for anyone who is operating equipment that is secretly spying on someone without their consent, regardless of whether the footage is recorded.

What matters is the intention of the viewing, or enabling another person to view their victim's genitals, with or without underwear, where the purpose is to obtain sexual gratification or cause humiliation, distress or alarm. 

In addition to it being a criminal act, voyeurism could also give rise to a civil claim for breach of privacy which could result in substantial compensation being paid to the victim, so if you find that the police is being unhelpful, you should consider taking legal action privately. 

How to reduce the likelihood of being secretly filmed in bed by being more alert and suspicious

When using a changing room, staying at an Airbnb, guest house or even staying at a friend's home, we expect privacy and do not expect to be secretly filmed in bed. So, the feeling of sickness and horror, when you discover a spy cam yourself because maybe you woke in the night and heard a strange buzzing sound, is all encompassing.

Unfortunately, voyeuristics are placing hidden spy cams in lamps, air vents, plants, near sockets, light switches, smoke detectors, digital TV boxes, mirrors, tissue boxes; wherever it could be hidden and placed strategically so that people can be secretly filmed in bed. Any footage could have been uploaded to a voyeurism website already or could be being stream recorded live to the internet.

The way to check whether livestreaming of being secretly filmed in bed is happening, is to check the Wi-fi networks on your mobile phone. It could come up as 'Hiddenweb' or 'Internetlive' or something similar. Look for anything unusual. There are apps that scan networks with the IP address, so check for one of those, also.  

What to do if you suspect that you had been secretly filmed

Regardless of whether it is being livestreamed or not, if you discover a hidden spy cam in a place where you expected privacy, take a picture for evidence, do not move anything and call the police and insist they investigate. Too often, we hear that police fob people off and say that there isn't anything that they can do about being secretly filmed in bed or in a changing area.

If you get little help with the police or if you want matters to move faster, speak to a privacy lawyer that specialises in internet law. There are only a few in the UK  with such expertise in privacy law and internet law. Understanding how the internet works and what is at stake here requires a great deal of real life experience in this very sensitive legal field. Few lawyers in the UK have this level of expertise. 

A specialist privacy lawyer will liaise with the police and ensure that they treat this privacy violation with seriousness. The privacy lawyer will also obtain as much information as possible about who uploaded your secretly filmed in bed video from any porn or voyeuristic website operator and request that they preserve evidence in case you bring a civil claim against the person that violated your privacy.

In most cases, the specialist internet lawyer should be able to track down the perpetrator and obtain legal guarantees from them to hand over all secretly filmed footage of you. There are disclosure orders and third part subpoenas that can be obtained fairly quickly and relatively cheaply, provided you know where to go. If you need to find a  USA internet law attorney  to help you obtain a third party disclosure order in the USA or from a website operator in the USA, our law firm has an agent in nearly in every who is able to obtain third party disclosure orders very quickly. 

Finally, your privacy lawyer should be able to help you obtain an injunction so that you can remove secretly filmed videos that are published already online. 

Spotting a hidden spy cam

It is unfortunate that you have to be so wary when you do stay in a hotel room or Airbnb or are changing in a public area but there are ways to spot a hidden spy camera: 

  • Turn off the lights and shine the light from your mobile phone slowly around the room, including the mirrors, to pick up any reflecting areas. When the lights are off, you can detect mirrors that are not one-way, also.
  • Have a good look around the room and take note of any objects that could be placed alongside plants, TV boxes, lamps, wall sockets, bins, door hooks, pictures, pens and desk items, cushions, air filters, ceiling lights, smoke detectors and mirrors, for instance. 
  • Note any suspicious wires or lights. Drape some clothing or tape over anything that does look suspicious. 
  • Unplug everything that you do not need. 
  • Listen for any tiny buzzing transmitting sounds. 
  • Call somebody and walk around the room to detect any disturbance in your phone call. A spy camera will give off a radio frequency that will create intermittent breaks and interfere with your conversation. 
  • Scan the Wi-Fi networks as suggested above. 

Don't move any evidence and take pictures. Call the police as soon as possible and insist on an investigation. Call to speak with one of our specialist internet lawyers immediately for privacy legal advice, free: on 0800-612-7211.

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