For families that appreciate today’s smart home features, security cameras can seem like a no-brainer. After all, security cameras can help identify would-be intruders at your door, give you peace of mind when a babysitter is watching your kids and help you keep an eye on pets while you're away from home.
But not so fast — there are a number of things you'll want to consider so you can ensure your video cameras follow the rules.
Capturing video is not allowed in areas that are considered private. This includes any room where someone might change or remove their clothing, but may include other areas as well. This also includes the homes of others. A good rule of thumb is if you suspect your filming violates someone’s privacy in any way, you may want to check with an attorney to confirm you are in the clear.
It is illegal to record eavesdropped conversations or conversations captured with a remote device. Federal law and laws in most states require “one-party consent,” meaning that only one participant in the conversation needs to be aware of the recording and does not have to notify others. However, some states require “two- party consent” which means that every participant in the conversation must be aware and consent to the recording. Because of varying and sometimes restrictive audio recording laws, most ADT monitored home security video cameras do not also record audio.
Please be aware that while Protect Your Home has summarized these considerations, no information included in this post should be considered legal advice. Laws vary by state and locality, and even vary between businesses and residences. Before you activate your camera and declare “Action,” make sure you are completely informed. Please consult an attorney and/or local authorities to confirm current applicable laws in your area.