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Are Closed-Circuit Television Cameras An Invasion Of Privacy?
The use of closed-circuit television cameras is becoming commonplace in businesses both large and small. Almost every night on the evening news you can see video recordings capturing shoplifters, robbers, and even kidnappers. Also, cameras are now used by law enforcement and the news media to conduct "sting operations" to catch unsuspecting con men and other criminals.
As the use of cameras and video recorders becomes more common, society at large is becoming concerned about privacy issues related to cameras and other security surveillance devices. Many people feel that cameras, especially hidden ones, are a threat to their right of privacy.
Security professionals and facility managers who use cameras and other surveillance devices need to understand the legal implications of installing such devices. In today's litigious environment, people who feel that their privacy was invaded are likely to sue, particularly if your company is a well-established company with "deep pockets". The improper use of surveillance devices may also subject your company and it's managers to prosecution for violation of federal or state laws.
Here are a number of things to consider prior to installing any type of camera or other surveillance device:
Check the laws concerning audio and video surveillance applicable in your state or province. The proposed use of cameras (particularly covert cameras) in questionable areas should be reviewed by your attorney prior to installation.
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