Obey spy camera laws!
The use of a spy camera is being regulated in different ways in different states across the country. That means you need to be aware of the specific rules regarding these cameras in your state. It could be very costly to find yourself being prosecuted for an illegal use of a hidden spy camera. Do not be caught by surprise and how a spy camera is regulated in your state’s jurisdiction. The law applies to civilians as well as government law enforcement agencies as the article below describes.
“As a business owner, is it legal to record audio with a hidden camera or covert audio recording device?
The laws regarding recording covert audio are much more established than the laws regarding covert video surveillance. In general, the law defines covert audio devices as anything that is intentionally designed to covertly intercept oral communication. Each state has its own laws regarding the use of covert audio. However, federal law, known as the USC (United States Code), supersedes state law.
State and federal laws state that it is currently legal for law enforcement agencies to record audio for covert surveillance applications for official duties as a government agent without the consent of the party being recorded.
If you are a business owner, using a common camcorder with a built-in microphone by itself is completely legal. However, when the camcorder is concealed in something that is designed for covert use, using the covert device to capture video and audio from a hidden location would be in violation of federal law and many state laws dealing with manufacturing and possession of covert and audio devices.
It is also currently illegal to record audio without the consent of one or both parties being recorded. Recording phone conversations is also illegal without the consent of the party being recorded. Additionally, it is legal for law enforcement agencies to record audio for covert surveillance applications for official duties as a government agent without the consent of the party being recorded.”
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