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The Legal Issues of Using a Spy Camera at Home

Jul 10, 2008
When home owners think about getting a hidden surveillance camera to monitor their house, the issues of legality often come into play. Perhaps you are debating this issue yourself: is it legal to spy on people you hire to work in your house? The good news is that as long as the you do not invade on employee privacy, it should not be an issue. In most states, as long as you don't set up cameras in places where people expect it to be private, you are operating within the law. It should be obvious that private areas include rooms like the bathrooms, the dressing rooms and the bedrooms.

When adopting hidden surveillance cameras in the home, there's no doubt the best approach is to use everyday items in which no one would suspect. Look at the spy cameras available on the market: a child's teddy bear, a mantel clock, a desktop pen holder and heck, even a potted plant. Who knew that all these items could actually be home surveillance equipment? All these inconspicuous items mentioned are nothing out of the ordinary. The important thing is that the objects blend into the environment.

To further hide these items, here's a tip. We know that most home owners get surveillance equipment to protect their property from people they hire. It might be nannies, maids, handy man, etc. Out of ethics, some home owners divulge to the prospective employees that while working on their house, they will be monitored by security cameras. With that warning, the owners then set up a dummy camera out in the open. This camera will serve only for "show". However, hidden cameras will also be set up in other parts of the house. The out in the open camera will be a decoy to give the hired help a false sence of security. Should they attempt to steal anything, they will think that they only need to worry about one camera. And if nothing goes on, then no harm no foul.

So while video recording might be legal in home surveillance (with or without a person's consent, check your state to be sure), it's a different thing all together for audio recording. It is almost always illegal to record someone's conversation without their permission.

If you're unsure about what the law permits and doesn't permit with covert surveillance, always check with a lawyer. It might be your intention to protect yourself from crime, but you never know if you're doing something criminal yourself.
About the Author
Mariam Ma is a freelance contributor to WeSpy4u.com which specializes in home surveillance and spy equipment. For sales on hidden wireless DVR nanny camera models and USB spy pen camcorder DVR toys, visit WeSpy4U.com.
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