This Fake Baby Car Seat Is Designed to Help Governments Spy on People

By Kate Knibbs on at

As governments look for new ways to spy on people, the commercial surveillance business is getting creative. One of the weirder offerings: a video and audio recording device hidden inside a baby seat.

A report on surveillance equipment sales to the Colombian government from Privacy International shows a flyer for the baby car seat, modeled on a product from British surveillance equipment company LMW Electronics. It doubles as a fully functional spying rig, boasting “the best possible standalone, covert surveillance” with a pan, tilt, and zoom camera. You can retrieve secret timestamped recordings from a USB drive lodged in the seat.

Baby monitors and accessories promise to keep parents more connected to their kids, but this fake baby seat takes things in a strange direction. It’s designed to help governments spy on people by swaddling snooping equipment in an innocuous, child-friendly cover, not to stop overprotective parents from freaking out.

Though I guess you could use it if you want to be damn sure your baby’s not up to mischief. [Motherboard via Computer World]

Screenshot: Privacy International