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Espionage droids were droids that, to all outward appearances, resembled a standard droid model, but had hidden programming and equipment used to record information and relay it to the droid's owner. While anyone could stick a recording device into a droid, it required a professional to design an espionage droid which could get past the various security measures typically guarding against such intelligence-gathering. Manufacturing espoinage droids was therefore limited to top-secret groups operating as part of larger organizations, such as the Galactic Empire and New Republic.
Technically espionage droids could look like any of the thousands of different models which existed in the galaxy, though the most successful could pass off as one of the more common models which most individuals would never give a second thought upon seeing. For example MerenData produced an espionage droid using the frame of a Cybot Galactica 3PO-series protocol droid, which proved highly effective due to the widespread use of 3PO units across the galaxy as diplomats and interpreters. Arakyd Industries also produced a highly successful espionage droid for the Empire, the RA-7 protocol droid, which was refitted by the Imperial Security Bureau to function as espionage droids equipped with recording devices and surveillance equipment, including sensor jammers disguised as weld marks.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel
- The Mandalorian Armor (First appearance)
- Slave Ship (Mentioned only)
- Hard Merchandise (Mentioned only)
- Dark Force Rising (Mentioned only)
- Rebel Alliance Sourcebook (As "Espionage Droid")
- Dark Force Rising Sourcebook
- Wanted by Cracken
- Galaxy Guide 10: Bounty Hunters
- Rebel Alliance Sourcebook, Second Edition
- Cracken's Rebel Operatives
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Hoth Limited (Card: R-3PO (Ar-Threepio))
- Star Wars: Rebellion: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- The Essential Guide to Droids
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- Hero's Guide
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 41 (Espionage Droids)
- "Who's Who in Echo Base"—Star Wars Insider 74
- LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
- (as "spy droid")