Serious violation of citizens’ personal privacy
The black industry chain of secretly photographing and selling personal privacy
As an important part of this
Production, manufacture and sale of candid photography equipment
Not only illegal
And it may constitute a crime
Unemployed youth in the process of helping
In 2015, Chen, who had been unemployed at home after graduating from junior high school, received a call from his cousin, saying that he had opened a store in Shenzhen and had a good business and lacked a helper, and asked Chen if he wanted to help him. Chen was moved, so he set off from his hometown and went to Shenzhen to work for his cousin. After working, Chen found that his cousin’s online store “had a secret secret” – in addition to the normal function of the camera, it also sold a pinhole camera, which could shoot and record in real time, and could also connect to a wireless network to watch the content captured in the camera in real time. For some time, Chen has been responsible for the packaging and delivery of products, and gradually learned the operation of pinhole camera online stores. At the end of 2017, Chen returned to his hometown.
In 2019, Chen had nothing to do in his hometown, and his family was forced to get married, Chen remembered the business he had contacted with his cousin before, so he started the idea of opening an online store in Shenzhen to sell pinhole cameras to make money.
After “cleverly” packing the sneak peek device
Attract special guests
Chen first spent money to buy an online store, then contacted Shangjia, entered hundreds of sets of high-definition cameras, and customized a batch of packaging boxes, instructions, charging pads, chargers, lens cases, memory cards and other items. After packaging, it is sold in the online store. Chen hired another artist to be responsible for the production of pictures of the store’s product introduction, as well as the modification and beautification. Soon after, the online store launched cameras with selling points such as “high-definition picture quality, no light night vision, remote monitoring, mini small, no light and no sound, and random disassembly”, attracting a wave of special customers.
From May to August 8, 2019, Chen illegally sold 36 small cameras, with a sales amount of 8,874 yuan and an illegal profit of more than 1,000 yuan.
“I know this may be illegal,
But I don’t know if it’s a crime…”
On August 8, 2019, the defendant Chen was arrested by the public security organs. The public security organs seized 505 small cameras in a certain place in Chen, which were sampled and identified as special equipment for stealing photos. At the court trial stage, the defendant Chen Jie withdrew 1,000 yuan of illegal gains.
“I know that other people should buy it for candid photos.” During the trial, Chen confessed that the camera he sold was small and discreet, installed in a hidden place and not easy to be detected, with real-time shooting and wireless transmission functions. You can remotely set the parameters of the camera, view the shooting content in real time after connecting to the wifi, and record the shooting content in the memory card.
“I knew it might be illegal, but so many people were selling it, I didn’t know it was a crime.” Chen confessed that he regretted his actions. “I sold dozens of sets of cameras and made a profit of more than 1,000 yuan, including the expenses of employee salaries, rent, and bills, and lost more than 100,000 yuan.”
The Binjiang court sentenced the defendant Chen to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for one year, and fined 2,000 yuan for the crime of illegally selling special equipment for stealing photos.
Article 283 of the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China: The crime of illegally producing or selling special espionage equipment, eavesdropping or stealing photos: Illegally producing or selling special espionage equipment or special equipment for eavesdropping or stealing photos. shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than three years, criminal detention or surveillance, and a fine or both; where the circumstances are serious, they shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than three years but not more than seven years, and shall also be fined.
From: Riverside Court
Image from the Internet
Source: Hangzhou Intermediate Court