How Upcoming Audio and Video Recording Laws Could Affect You
Whether it’s Google saving our searches, Amazon collecting our purchasing patterns, or AT&T and Comcast knowing everything that we watch and search for at home and work, it’s becoming intrusive. As a consequence, people are getting fed up with being tracked everywhere they go, and for everything, they consume in private.
The trend is moving towards more stringent privacy laws. It’s a similar story in the security industry, where restrictions are coming in to play for surveillance. However, there are many grey areas surrounding filming and audio recording while using security cameras.
We need more transparent laws and regulations, so customers don’t need to hire an attorney when they decide to install cameras or microphones. Illinois recently updated the eavesdropping laws, but they are still as confusing as ever. The rules need to be simplified to ensure that everyone knows where they stand in terms of the do’s and don’ts of security.
Until regulations change, it can be frustrating as clients are investing heavily in keeping their families and employees safe. We recommend that if you are planning on upgrading your security systems, then you should move with extreme caution and stay on the right side of the law.
If you think you may be breaking the rules, reconsider the risk versus the reward. If you think it may be an issue installing an audio recording camera outside the house, where you may pick up unsuspecting conversations, then don’t do it. We had a customer who insisted on installing audio and ended up getting prosecuted. It was a huge mess to sort out.
At Pro Video Security, it’s our job to protect the innocent and not record people in places where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as in homes without their knowledge or approval. As a result, we are very careful about recommending cameras and microphones. We make sure that we obey the law while making sure we are giving our clients the security they need without being short-sighted.
With over twenty years of experience, we will help you with your video surveillance systems, access control systems, intercom systems, and alarm monitoring systems.
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