Illinois Moves One Stop Closer to Putting “Granny Cam” Law on the Books

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The state of Illinois moved one step closer to allowing families to place hidden cameras or “granny cams” in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to monitor their loved ones.

The bill passed by a narrow margin in both the House and State Senate, and now head’s to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk for approval. If he signs the bill and it becomes law, it would require that families pay for the cost of the camera, as well as for internet access so that they can monitor the camera’s in real time.

While this law details out the requirements for internet-streaming hidden cameras, it does not mention anything specific about self-recording hidden cameras, which do not stream over the internet, nor use an internet connection to operate.

If the bill becomes law, it will also require that signs be posted at the entrances of the nursing home/assisted living centers, as well as the individual resident’s rooms, so that visitors and hospital staff can be aware the video recording may be taking place.

Currently, it is legal for families to install hidden cameras to monitor their loved ones, but with several stipulations:

First, if a camera is located in a shared room, such as one that is shared with another roommate or resident, the other resident must be aware of it’s use. Also, the camera can stream video-only. Audio recording is not permitted with a hidden camera.

Until now, it has been up to the discretion of the living facility if hidden cameras are allowed or not. If the governor signs this bill into law, facilities would face fines if they deny a legitimate request from a resident to install a camera in his or her room.

Laws like this are important, as Illinois saw over 100 reported cases of neglect, abuse, or financial exploitation of senior citizens living in assisted care facilities.

According to CBS affiliate KMOX, the governor did not give his official position on the bill, nor did his office provide an indication on whether or not he will sign the bill into law.

Bill Would Make Digital Snooping By Employers Illegal

If you have a Facebook account, or any other online that you’ve stored information, whether that is a email account, photo-sharing account, or even a Twitter account, bills introduced in both houses of Congress would limit your employer’s ability to gain access to those accounts.

In what is becoming a hot topic right now, employers asking for Facebook and other passwords are becoming more and more common. Whether it is done as a condition of hiring, or simply as a “routine” check to monitor their employees actions, employers all across the US are asking employees or potential employees to allow them access to their private accounts.

This can be a very tricky situation, as many people keep their accounts private so that only their friends or close acquaintances can view the information they post. But when you’re looking to get (or even maintain) a job – how can you tell your boss “no”?

The new “Password Protection Act” and another billed nicknamed SNOPA would limit employer’s ability to ask for this information – essentially keeping your private information private.

Until one of these bills is passed however, which could be months away, we recommend making sure never to post information that you wouldn’t want your boss (or even your mother) to see online, because as soon as you post it, someone could easily save a screenshot of it and pass it along to someone else.

Security Camera Catches Amazing Hit and Run Aftermath

We all know that hit-and-runs are bad.

When someone hits someone and then tries to flee the scene, not only are they doing something unethical, but something illegal as well.

A few days ago security cameras caught a hit-and-run involving a teen driver in a car and a bicyclist. After the teen strikes the person on the bicycle, they tried to flee the scene.

Check out the video below to see the aftermath of when this driver tries to get away:

Kinda makes you smile huh?

Are GPS and Cell Phone Jammers Legal or Illegal?

Many customers come to us looking for cell phone or GPS jammer devices (a device that can look similar to the one to the right).

Jammers transmit low-power signals that disrupt cell phone and GPS signals by confusing these devices into thinking that there is no network connection or GPS satellite connection available. This process effectively render cell phones and GPS devices useless, as they constantly look for signals, but are unable to find any.

These devices may seem like they not pose any significant threat, but the truth is that these devices can be very dangerous, which is why they are illegal in the United States.

While they might seem particularly useful to prevent others from texting or talking on their phone at a movie theater, the reality is that they can be used for many more serious and devastating purposes.

Criminals can use GPS jammers to aid in their getaway from law enforcement. They could be used in hostage situations to prevent hostages from seeking help. Terrorists could even use them to disrupt communications during an attack.

Experts even fear that well-organized terrorists could use high-powered GPS jammers to interfere with civilian and military GPS signals that are vital to the operation of aircraft throughout the country.

The FCC actively pursues those who import, distribute, or use GPS or cell phone jammers, which is why you won’t find any of these devices sold on our website.

For those looking for a way to protect themselves from cell phone and GPS jammers, one legal alternative is a portable-noise generator, which generates a masking noise for a room so that a cell phone or audio bug cannot transmit your private conversations.

Hidden Cameras Expose Shady Locksmith Practices

If you’ve ever been locked out of your home and had to hire a locksmith to get back inside, you know that it isn’t a fun experience.

To make matters worse, some locksmiths advertise deceptively low rates, and then show up, and end up charging you 2, 10, or even 20 times their advertised rates. Some even cause intentional damage, because they aren’t even licensed locksmiths!

MSNBC set up hidden cameras at a rental home in New York to investigate this practice of shady locksmiths, and what they found will amaze you:

 

Starbucks Sued for Hidden Camera Found in Bathroom

Hidden cameras are designed and intended for lawful and legal purposes – as nanny cameras, home security and protection, and business security. But unfortunately, there are sometimes those people who use hidden cameras not to catch others breaking the law, but to break the law themselves..

In Washington, DC, a father recently was alerted by his daughter using a unisex Starbucks bathroom that she saw a camera under the sink. When the father investigated, he found out that not only was there a camera, but it was on, and recording.

The father alerted store employees, who quickly called the police, who promptly removed the camera, and began investigating. At the time of the story, it is uncertain how long the camera had been in place, and whether it had captured any other people on camera.

While stories like this have become increasingly common, we always recommend that when in an unfamiliar place like a public restroom or dressing room, to do a quick visual scan of the room. You can also use a device like a hidden camera detector to help look for cameras.

16 Alleged Members of Hacker Group Anonymous Arrested

Multiple news organizations are reporting that the FBI has began arresting members of the hacker group Anonymous throughout the country, including in Florida, California, New Jersey, and New York. Up to 16 people have been arrested so far, but with 30 total warrants issued, it’s likely the number of people arrested will climb as the FBI closes in on the other suspected hackers.

With ages ranging from 22 years old to 42 years old, the individuals arrested are allegedly connected with the “hacktivist” group Anonymous, which is responsible for attacking dozens of major corporations websites, including Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, and even the FBI’s site.

With a loosely-based organization, FBI agents have had a difficult time tracking down members of the group, because of its decentralized nature. However, with a joint task-force effort, Tuesday’s raids not only arrested at least 16 members, but also confiscated their computer equipment and files, which will likely lead to other members of the group.

According to reports, the Metropolitan Police Service in the United Kingdom also arrested someone and the Dutch National Police Agency also arrested four people connected to recent cybercrimes.

Officials hope that these arrests will not only lead to further arrests of other members, but will also help serve as a deterrent for people who participate in cyber attacks against corporations throughout the world.

Oklahoma Man’s Hidden Camera Shows Wife Starting Fires

An Oklahoma man who was becoming frustrated when fires kept breaking out on his property decided to set up a hidden camera to find out who was behind the fires. What he found was shocking, even to police.

Police say that the man discovered that hidden camera footage revealed that it was actually the man’s wife starting the fires. As many as 11 different fires had been started in the recent months, and police suspect now that they were all started by the man’s wife.

Damages were reported to be in the 1000s of dollars, as barns, well houses, and other structures on the property were damaged.

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