Fact Check

NSA Toilet Cameras Sign

A fake NSA "toilet cameras" notice directed complaints to the customer service line for Pizza Hut.

Published May 23, 2016

The National Security Agency puts toilet cameras in restrooms for "research purposes," and fines those who tamper with them.

On 22 May 2016 the Facebook page "We Are Change" published the post embedded below, depicting a sign purportedly informing restroom users of the presence of National Security Agency (NSA) "toilet cameras":

The sign read:


Toilet Cameras are for research purposes only.

Tampering with or disabling the toilet cameras is a Federal Crime punishable up to $8,500 in fines.

For Questions, Comments and Complaints please call 1 (800) 948 8488[.]

Captioned only "Huh?" in the original post, readers weren't sure what to make of the sign (which bears what appears to be a NSA logo). Many took the photograph as legitimate.  However, the claim was easily debunked by looking at the "complaint line" information on the "NSA toilet cameras" sign — the phone number listed was not associated with the NSA, nor with any branch of the federal government:

The inclusion of Pizza Hut's customer service number was a clear indicator that the NSA toilet sign meme was in fact a prank, not an indication of big government watching the most private aspects of American lives. Not only was the sign a hoax, it's an old one; it's been circulating the web since at least 2013.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.