The police on Monday said that there was nothing “illegal or suspicious” in the action of an international cosmetic brand, which distributed electronic chip-embedded samples of its soap to 30 households in the district to record the number of times the products are used in a day.
They said the company had given the soap samples free-of-cost to the users, most of them in coastal areas, and had also told them that the chips were embedded in the products to survey usage intervals. The same company had also given them plastic mugs with a similar chip embedded in them.
Assistant Commissioner, Police High-Tech Enquiry Cell, N. Vinaya Kumar said the computer chips were programmed to record the timings of strong movements in the X-Y' axes.
There were no hidden audio or video devices in the electronic component.
A police team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police P. Krishnan Nair had investigated the matter on the basis of a petition that the chips were designed to intrude into the privacy of the users of the soap.