外文标题：800 detained in China for illegal surveillance
BEIJING: Chinese police have arrested over 800 people suspected of producing, selling and using illegal wiretapping and photography equipment to conduct surveillance.
Through joint efforts by police from 14 provincial regions, 13 production facilities have been destroyed and 67 groups associated with illegal wiretapping equipment have been uncovered in the action, the ministry of public security said.
The police have uncovered over 1,550 criminal cases involving the use of wiretapping equipment in blackmail, kidnapping, illegal detention and other crimes.
Over 15,000 sets of equipment for covert tracking, positioning, photographing and recording have been confiscated, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.
A security official said this equipment seriously undermined social stability and the people's legitimate rights, adding that the police will further crack down on such illegal activity.
In the meantime, police will coordinate with other departments to strengthen market supervision and promote legislation in a bid to eliminate these crimes, Xinhua said.
kapil B (Unknown)
It is legal only when carried on other counties..........
P C Jha (Unknown)
made in China mal
will face firing squad
LOL - it's only illegal when someone else does it.
..and in our country these items are being sold openly,, even through online shopping sites also...
800 is a big number.
How they managed to catch 800 people.
Lyn (Australia) replies to S
The probably had 50,000 cops on the cases - after all China has 1.4 billion people O_O
Morgan (Australia) replies to Lyn
According to the BBC, China employs either directly or encouraging non state actors, some 2 million people to monitor the internet for them.
This Huge surveillance was going on for a great length of time.& large number of persons were involved in this illegal activity. It means that so many people were doing the illegal things and do not want fight for the casue.