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LAWS AGAINST HIDDEN CAMERAS
“A concealed camcorder, motion camera, or photographic camera (of any type)” is forbidden by the state’s disorderly behavior law. The law prohibits secretly recording someone while in a toilet, dressing room, tanning booth, or anywhere else where they have a reasonable expectation for privacy. Cal. Penal Code SS647(j),(3 ).
Courts have found that hidden video surveillance cameras that record sounds can be used as recording devices against the state’s anti-eavesdropping law. However, appellate courts differ on whether this law can be violated if the camera does not record any sound. People v. Gibbons (215 Cal. App. 3d 1204 (Cal. Ct. App. 1989) (finding out that the eavesdropping laws also protect physical communication such as sexual intercourse, regardless of whether the sound has been recorded); People v. Drennan 84 Cal. App. 4th 1349 (Cal. Ct. App. 2000) (holding the eavesdropping statute protects only sound-based and symbol-based communication; video recordings without sound are not in violation of the ).
WHEN IS HIDDEN CAMERA USE ILLEGAL?
California’s anti-paparazzi law also prohibits the trespassing of individuals in private, personal, or familial activities. Cal. Civil Code SS 1708.8. It is illegal to use a device for recording or taking photos of such things — which would otherwise have required a trespass.
IS IT AGAINST THE LAW TO INSTALL A CAMERA IN A PERSON’S HOUSE?
General U.S. Laws Regarding Video Surveillance. Anybody can use video recording cameras to monitor and secure their home or business.
IS IT AGAINST THE LAW TO PLACE CAMERAS IN A CHILD’S BEDROOM?
It’s an excellent question for your private investigator to answer, but the child’s age may limit the answer. A camera installed in a child’s bedroom will be illegal under many US laws.
DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO INSTALL CAMERAS IN YOUR HOME?
Although it is not illegal to install cameras in your house, you must be careful about where they are located. It is unlawful to install cameras in bathrooms or other areas that could be used for US violations.
About Martin Investigative Services
We are private investigators and former Federal agents frequently hired to do bug sweeps at homes and businesses to discover hidden cameras or listening devices. The most frequently asked question is, “Where and when is it illegal to put hidden cameras?” It doesn’t matter if you’re implementing your security system or having many security cameras in your office; you might be wondering the same thing.
The laws governing hidden surveillance are very similar in America. Is it legal to place hidden cameras on your property, or must you notify others? While laws regarding hidden surveillance may vary depending on your location, they are pretty similar across the United States. The following summarizes when it’s okay to use hidden surveillance and recording equipment and when you might be breaking the law. Many laws differ from one state to the next. Before placing hidden cameras, make sure you check your state’s regulations.
A REASONABLE EXPECTATION FOR PRIVACY
The reasonable expectation for privacy is a crucial principle in any hidden camera law. You can place hidden cameras in your home or anywhere else you like. Hidden cameras are not legal to install in bathrooms or bedrooms of people who live there or anywhere else where it is believed that privacy would be compromised. Imagine cameras being used in these areas. In such cases, surveyors will need to post notices alerting the people being recorded.
PLACING YOUR OWN RECORDING DEVICES IN YOUR HOME
Nanny cams were a popular choice for parents and others who wanted to be able to watch their homes from abroad. These cameras were often hidden in teddy bears to help parents monitor their babysitters. These hidden cameras can be used in most states even though you don’t have consent.
CAN I INSTALL HIDDEN CAMERAS IN ANOTHER PERSON’S HOME?
It is illegal to install a hidden camera in someone’s home, as you probably guessed.
HIDDEN SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS USED IN PUBLIC PLACES
Hidden cameras are allowed in public spaces in many states. People who are in public places already give up their privacy.
EMPLOYERS USING HIDDEN RECORDING EQUIPMENT.
In most workplace areas, the rules that apply to homes and public places are also applicable. Although employers have the right to place hidden cameras around the workplace, most employers prefer to make the cameras easily visible to encourage employees to do their best.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU’RE BEING WATCHED
Martin Investigative Services does not charge any fees for consultations. Email us or call (800)577-1080 for a free consultation. You are worried that someone may have illegally installed a hidden camera at your house or workplace. Private investigators can be hired to find hidden cameras and audio bugs on your property.
Note: Most private investigators can not perform bug sweeps. Many people who receive training from the police community don’t have enough money to purchase the most advanced detection equipment. Most detection equipment must be up-to-date every five years to keep up with the latest hidden device technology. Equipment renewals can run into the thousands.
Private investigators in our field buy a “magic wand” online and pretend to sweep your house or business. This is a scam. Martin Investigative Services performs routine bug sweeps and physical and digital scans of properties to discover hidden recording devices or cameras. We offer a complete money-back guarantee for these services.
Secret surveying equipment, especially in the corporate sector, is more common than one might think. Between 1969 and 1988, the “find rate” in homes and businesses was around 4%; in the years since, the rate has been steadily increasing and is now at 16%.
As technology evolves, hidden cameras and only get better, smaller and easier to conceal. Martin Investigative Services’ bug sweep services are guaranteed to find any and all hidden cameras in your premises.
Just about anyone can have a hidden camera in their presence and not know it.
The vast majority of hidden cameras Martin Investigative Services finds are in the homes of people who are going through a family law matter – such as a divorce or child custody.
An example: During divorce proceedings, the father comes over to the house to visit the kids. This gives him the perfect opportunity to illegally plant a camera.
They almost always focus on the bed. The video is then recorded, or with more sophisticated models, transmitted over a distance. In the business sector, hidden cameras are often found in conference rooms, offices, in cars, and the homes of executives – basically anywhere a competitor would gain benefit from an unfair advantage.
Find ALL hidden cameras in the area, guaranteed.
Surveillance cameras vary from the very simple consumer cameras advertised on the Internet to very sophisticated, high definition surveillance cameras deployed from a large distance and virtually undetectable.
In either case, if you feel that you have been or have the potential to be the subject of hidden camera surveillance it is in your best interest to ensure your safety and security.
Martin Investigative Services’ investigators have decades of surveillance experience and utilize state-of-the-art equipment to assist you in eliminating spy cameras and other electronic surveillance equipment – once and for all.
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Martin Investigative Services makes a continual investment in the latest equipment from T-Berd, Oscor, CMA/CPM/OSC, Scanlock, Orion, RF Hawk, Talan, Harmonic, Microlabs, Tektronix and more, to discover all hidden surveillance cameras and devices.
Evidence to prosecute.
Bugging is commonplace in corporate espionage. Martin Investigative Services works proactively to provide you with legal, court-admissible evidence – so you can fight back.
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