Information is power and unethical minds will go to great lengths to obtain it. Constant advances in micro technology make it easier to monitor activities in boardrooms, offices and even bedrooms. Over the years, I have figured out that if my firm conducts a professional and complete bug sweep in 100 companies at least 16 percent of them will have these illegal eavesdropping devices.
Wireless cameras and receivers, hard-wired cameras with pin hole lens, phone bugs, microphones, tape recorders and other tiny monitoring devices are commonly used to compromise security in corporate America.
Being assured the office is free of these electronic intrusions is not inexpensive. If someone comes to you with a single “wonder device” that detects bugs in minutes at a fraction of the cost, just say no thank you.
A true and legitimate Electronic Eavesdropping Detection Sweep (EEDS) consists of a team of highly trained experts using $125,000 worth of specialized detection equipment. A typical EEDS takes two days and involves searching every inch of a structure’s interiors along with phone lines, electrical outlets and the company’s electronic communication network.
Finding the bugs is just half the battle. A properly conducted EEDS should be followed by a detailed report listing recommendations to enhance security, protect privacy and ensure peace of mind. In the event when the bugs are located, it’s extremely difficult to identify who placed them there. In some cases, it is advised to not remove the tiny devices in order to send out disinformation, which will help track down the person or business listening on the other end.
To learn more about this topic, please see my recent article “Dos and Don’ts: Electronic Surveillance Evidence” published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Do you have any questions about eavesdropping? Please let me know, and I would be pleased to address your concerns.