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SURVEILLANCE ABUSE - A VIOLATION OF YOUR PRIVACY

Have you been video recorded, bugged, monitored, or followed against your will? Are your phone, computer, emails, or texts being hacked into? Is someone using your private information to bully, intimidate, abuse, or manipulate you? You are not alone.

You have a right to be safe and secure from violations of your person and privacy. Surveillance Abuse is the use of surveillance methods or technology to monitor another person or persons in a way that inflicts harm or violates their privacy. At times excessive surveillance may fall outside the scope of legal boundaries and/or cause fear, degradation, and trauma to the individual being monitored.

Surveillance can be used to control, threaten, manipulate, intimidate or damage another person. Abusers can be someone you know, a spouse, co-worker, relative, or a stranger.

GET HELP

Talking to professionals can help you reach a better outcome. SSA is working to find professionals in every state who are committed to assisting people dealing with Surveillance Abuse. Please visit our website in the near future to find professionals in these fields near you.

  • Counselors - "Experiencing surveillance abuse can easily produce emotional turmoil by fostering fear and creating feelings of personal violation.” Barry J. Brigham, MA, LLP, LPC
  • Attorneys - If you feel your legal rights may be being violated, consider contacting an attorney who has experience and understands this issue.
  • Professional Investigators - If you feel you are being monitored or under surveillance, Professional Investigators can help with Counter Surveillance service.
  • Law Enforcement - Contact local law enforcement if at any time you feel you are in danger, to become informed regarding privacy laws such as stalking and wiretapping, or to file a criminal complaint.
  • Consultants - Consultants or specialists may be helpful in addressing the impact of abusive surveillance on your business, family, or personal situation.

TIPS - IF YOU ARE (OR SUSPECT YOU ARE) BEING MONITORED

It may be difficult to confirm that you are being monitored, or maybe you have discovered surveillance products in your home or realized you are being followed. For many, this can be a frightening discovery. Listen to your intuition, even if you can't immediately put your finger on exactly what is happening.

  1. Get help - See above.
  2. Stay aware of your surroundings and the actions of others.
  3. Become aware of surveillance products such as bugs, cameras, and GPS units.
  4. Search your vehicle inside and underneath for recording or GPS devices.
  5. Search your home for bugs and cameras.
  6. Document everything - Keep logs on suspicious occurrences, calls, devices, texts, emails, comments, etc. You may need them for future reference.
  7. Keep any surveillance devices you find in a safe and secure location - you might need them for evidence later on.
  8. Bring your phone or computer to a professional to check for spyware Apps or software.
  9. Reset your phone to original factory settings.
  10. Don’t ignore it. It is tempting to want to pretend it isn't happening as a way to avoid addressing the situation. This can be dangerous. A person who is engaging in excessive surveillance may escalate their behavior.
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HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS GROWING PROBLEM

Surveillance Abuse is becoming more prevalent and invasive with advances in technology. Help educate others on the destructiveness and dangers of this newer form of abuse and how they can get help to overcome it. Select the Contact button above to invite Cindy to speak to your group or organization, or for media interviews.

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