The Legality Of Recording Video Without Consent

When you watch movies, you see a lot of situations where the criminal in a mystery is finally proven guilty due to some video or audio that was recorded with them admitting to the crimes. The truth is that it might not be legal to record the video that you see recorded so often. In the US, it is legal in most states to record video alone in your own home without consent, as long as it is in your home. Parents all over the country use nanny cams to monitor their kids when they aren’t at home, especially when both parents work. However, you can’t just place a hidden camera in your house and start recording. Before you do anything of the sort, you first need to do some research. Check up on the laws in your state of residence before you do something that could get you in trouble. If you can, talk to you lawyer about what you intend to do with the camera and where you plan on keeping it.

Do Your Research and Know the Law
If you are going to be recording video with a hidden spy camera you need to make sure that you check up on the laws before you record audio as well. Sometimes, there may be restrictions by your state as to the rooms of the home that you can place cameras in. While it is fine to place one in a common area like the living room, it might not be allowed to put one in the bedroom or in the bathroom, both of which are places where privacy is needed. If you are recording the video or the audio because you later want to use it to blackmail the person who is being recorded, or to use the recordings for malicious purposes, know that it is illegal, no matter where in the US you are. If you engage in any sort of criminal activities with the footage or the audio that you have captured, all your rights to present the footage as evidence in a court of law are going to be waived, so be careful!

What About in a Public Setting?
When you are outside your home, there are laws that apply. It is legal to use a hidden spy camera to record video in public places such as parks, restaurants, roads and more. However, you can’t record video in any part of the outside where privacy is expected, such as in the dressing rooms of clothing stores and public bathrooms. If you are an employer, you have the legal right to use security cameras and hidden cameras where you want to. You are not required by law to tell your employees that Big Brother is watching.

Writen by Rose Archdall