Consider The Law Before Using Security Cameras In A New Way
September 6th, 2019
In the old days, nanny cams were a helpful, but fairly rare part of a household. Today, however, they’ve become an important part of most homeowner’s lives. It’s affordable to purchase a security camera or video doorbell, link it up to your smartphone, and enjoy all of the benefits that it provides.
And since humans are creative animals, it didn’t take long for camera owners to start using their cameras to do a lot more than just watch the front door. They’re still a crime deterrent, but now video cameras are being used for a variety of lifestyle reasons. This is great, but it does raise some questions regarding just what kind of legalities are involved as well.
A World Of Uses
Just how are camera owners applying their cameras in different ways? Some might actually surprise you. Here’s a look at some of the main ways cameras are being used.
- Using to monitor older children when left at home alone
- Used as a nanny cam, to keep an eye on those watching over a house while parents are gone.
- Using to keep an eye on pets left at home
- Used to monitor the weather outside
- Making sure that an employee is doing what they are supposed to do, such as house sitters
- Keeping an eye on construction during a remodel
- Protecting and monitoring an elderly loved one
- And more
The only real limit to how you use your home cameras is your imagination and your specific needs. Today’s cameras have a variety of features ranging from the ability to communicate through audio with those near the camera to night vision to motion activation and beyond.
What About The Law?
However, while cameras provide a world of features, it’s also important to remember that their use must be done in accordance with laws. Yes, it’s your house, but there is one key thing to think about – consent.
In most places, it is illegal to record video or audio if one party doesn’t consent. In other situations, only one party must provide their consent. And in all cases, it is illegal to record anything if your intent is malicious – blackmail, for example.
Additionally, placing cameras in areas that would be considered to be private will be illegal as well – you can’t put cameras up in your bathroom and capture unsuspecting guests, for instance.
Generally, the laws are common sense. But to stay on the safe side, you can always search laws in your area regarding cameras – or just let those entering your home that you have cameras running and that they may be recorded while there.
Staying Legal, Staying Safe
Your security cameras can provide you with a huge peace of mind and also let you feel confident that you’re getting the protection you need. However, it’s important to protect yourself legally as well. Think about how your cameras are being used and then apply that knowledge to your everyday use. And when you need help getting the right system up and running, don’t hesitate to let us know. Contact Triton Global Services today to get the camera system your home needs.