Mon. Dec 11th, 2023

14 thoughts on “5 Ways a Hidden Camera Can Land You In Prison

  1. I like to have a comprehensive information on this subject to be delivered to my box for my private use.

  2. I was wondering what the boundaries are for using a hidden gopro to record the food and dining experience of a restaurant. I would of course blur out any and all faces that happen to be shown and will not be recording the audio of others conversations. The main priority is to film the food experience for a YouTube channel. How can I do this without creating any legal issues or having to have the restaurants permission as I wish to stay anonymous. Again, this would strictly be to capture the food experience and not include any of the other diners.

    1. Remember, restaurants are public places. As long as you are capturing food and blurring out the faces of the restaurant patrons, you shouldn’t have any legal problems. The problem that may occur is during the times you give a bad revue and the owner or manager of the establishment wishes to sue you for improperly capturing videos or pictures in their restaurant. This is usually a scare tactic to get you to take down your video or pictures. Most suits never make it to court because they are usually thrown out before being heard. Yelp and other platforms experience lawsuits like these often but to date, they rarely have cases that result in a takedown.

  3. I ave a friend in Michigan that just found out her male room mate installed a hidden video camera in their living room without telling her. He always goes to be early and she tends to stay up late. They share the same bedroom, but sleep in separate beds, which is why she stays up late. It’s the only time she feels she can get some privacy. The camera is mounted so he has full view of where she always sits. She found the box for it, so she knows it records audio as well.

    Is this a violation of her privacy? Can he be prosecuted under Michigan law?

    1. Under Michigan law, she is aware of the camera within her living space so according to Michigan, this is not against the law. She can request the camera to be removed but she can’t ask for prosecution if she’s aware of the camera taking live video or pictures within the living space. Also, if pictures are published to social media or other outlets, she may find it difficult to have them taken down unless deemed pornographic or private in nature. My suggestion is to have the camera removed.

  4. In NYS my former employer installed a hidden camera across my desk inside an outlet. Not certain if had audio. They began disciplinary action against me after 8 years clean service ranging from using my phone to eating, time management etc. This occurred after I reported covid violations to State authorities. Is this legal?

    1. Joe, you may want to contact a lawyer. Retaliating measures against whistleblowers is a serious offense.

  5. Can you go to jail in Washington State for having a hidden camera in your own bathroom?

    1. Actually yes. In places where people expect to have total privacy, you have to announce the presence of video cameras.

  6. May 6 we were scheduled for our annual inspection by the property manager. When she was inspecting I noticed she started video taping my personal things. She said it was a new policy by the management company. We were not notified in advance and she refused to stop video taping. I feel violated …is this legal

    1. It varies from state to state but recording ones personal items is suspect and usually requires written permission in your contract or lease.

  7. I inherited a house from my deceased father and he verbally told my stepmom and made her record his wishes….One year after he has passed she is trying to sell the house and keep the money. Many of my Family members including my brother or witnesses to my dad’s wishes is there anything I can do

    1. A video recording goes Above and beyond a verbal agreement. You should be able to take this to a lawyer so it can be transcribed as a contract. Depending on the state, witnesses may need to sign an affidavit saying that they were present during the recording to make the contract legal and binding.

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