Sales of devices for eavesdropping and secret photography will be banned in Beijing, according to the municipal government.

The city’s Administration for Industry and Commerce, Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and Beijing National Security Bureau, jointly announced that criminal liability will be investigated if the purchase of such devices leads to serious consequences.

Their sale goes against the law and threatens citizens’ lives and privacy, an official with the Administration for Industry and Commerce said. Buyers are mainly investigation service companies which violate citizens’ privacy by acquiring information through such means, the Beijing News reported.

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