Tenants of one of China’s largest online renting platforms, Tencent-backed Ziroom, have found that their daily life was being monitored by unknown law-breakers. A couple who had rented a room in Beijing for nearly half a year had stumbled upon a camera hidden inside a bedside socket.

The couple discovered a strange hole in the socket in September and notified the police which dismantled the socket and found a hidden camera, according to a Legal Evening News report. The camera was equipped with a 16 GB memory card which could record without interruption.

The incident was first reported on a WeChat official account with police confirming they are investigating the case. Yesterday (October 15), Ziroom issued a statement that it has set up a working group to cooperate with the police. The company noted there are strict checks and system controls for all newly renovated apartments.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.