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With smartphone technology now a ubiquitous part of modern life, it can be easy to forget that everyone is carrying a camera and a microphone.   And as our reliance on smartphones has grown, it has become even easier to forget when it might be operating, and who might be listening.   It is a phenomenon that can catch out even the savviest media professionals and politicians with their droves of media advisors; despite all their experience and knowledge, sometimes they are still exposed by what is known in the industry as a ‘hot mic’.   What is a hot mic?   Hot mic moments occur when a device captures statements, often offensive or insensitive, which are not intended to be recorded or broadcast.    Add in a camera and there is no hiding; a minor slip-up or