Video Surveillance Laws By State – Hidden Video Surveillance

Do you know the law in your state when it comes to video surveillance?

According to ESLI Surveillance, 13 of the United States prohibit the unauthorized use of recording cameras in private places.

In Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Utah, installing and using a camera recording device in a private place for spying, eavesdropping, or photographing – without permission from the people being recorded – is against the law.

Trespassing on private property for the purpose of surveillance is also prohibited in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Utah.

ESLI Surveillance says that in most of the above mentioned states, it is a misdemeanor to install or use unauthorized hidden cameras on private property, and is punishable by a fine. In Maine, however, the violation is a felony.

Unauthorized installation and use of hidden cameras in Michigan is also a felony, but unlike Maine it’s punishable by a $2,000 fine and/or up to two years in prison.

There are several U.S. States with laws that prohibit the use of a hidden camera in only certain circumstances – like in restrooms or locker rooms, or for the purpose of spying on a partially or fully nude person.

Be sure you know the video surveillance laws in your State & remember to check with your attorney before doing ANYTHING!

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Thanks for the info. I just came back for the ESLI website and it is unbelievable. What great stuff they have I just made a purchase (Covert radio) I cannot wait to get it.

Thanks again for the info.

Michael

Is a privately owned golf course that is open to public play considered private property or public property in California?

In Mississippi, is it required to post a sign outside a public pool area of a private condo development that video surveillance cameras are in place?

I am trying to figure out about my new neighbors. They have only been here a few short months but they have security cameras installed inside and outside of their house (which im fine with if thats what makes them feel safe) BUT the neighbor has his camera pointed at my house he can tell me what was going on in my front yard without him being home. When we noticed suspicious people in the neighborhood last week he told my husband he would set his camera’s motion sensors (on our house and vehicle’s) if someone was to come by it would text his cell phone letting him know there was someone out there. My problem is he has told us things that have happened on my front porch where my windows are located so does that mean he can see right into my house? I have small children who still run around in their underwear when it is just us at home so now i am afraid to open my blinds what are my rights against his cameras? Who do i contact? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I feel like a prisoner in my own home!

I just returned form vacationing in northern california where i rented a cabin. When we got there, there were cameras all over the property, mainly outside but inside too. They were never dissclossed on the contract and the owner of the cabin is using the footage to charge all sorts of fees (children sleeping on air mattresses in the living room instead of bedrooms?). We are talking about $600 additional charges. Is that somehow a violation of our privacy since it was never dissclosed? Or does the owner have the right to do whatever he wants since its his private property?

Very curious as to the answer of this query:
“…just returned from vacationing in northern california where i rented a cabin. When we got there, there were cameras all over the property, mainly outside…Is that somehow a violation of our privacy since it was never disclosed or does the owner have the right to do whatever he wants since its his private property?”
I work in vacation rental property management and need to know our obligation to renters who pay for vacation properties. Must we disclose that the unit may or may not have video surveillance?
Thanks

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