Hidden Video Surveillance: When not to Use

Hidden video surveillance cameras are often used to give owners a feeling and sense of security. However, the use of a hidden camera can be deemed illegal by the courts, depending on the reason of why it was used. There are a number of situations where the installation and the use a hidden camera is not needed or recommended. Here are some instances where concealed cameras should not be used.

Breaching Privacy

There is a thin line between what can be considered legitimate or illicit use of hidden cameras. Essentially, legal use depends on what the person is doing in that area. Concealed cameras cannot influence natural or normal human behavior. Exposed cameras are often considered justified when installed in public areas. However, installing them in an individual’s home is sometimes considered distasteful or even unacceptable. A hidden camera must not be used to intrude on people’s privacy, such as installing cameras to spy on tenants or in areas such as bedrooms, bathrooms or changing areas. This is considered illegal conduct, which can be used as grounds for indictment.

Suspicion or Guarding against Illegal Behavior

Some individuals do not intend to breach privacy but to ensure the security of the home, property or other people. In the home or office, hidden cameras can be used to keep an eye on employees if there is a recurring issue of theft, vandalism, forbidden use of facilities or any other undesirable act.

Surveillance can also be used to keep the property secure and guarded against thieves. With office surveillance, the employees need to be informed on what is considered acceptable behavior in the office. The company policy should be published to inform the employees on what the company expects of them.