Aug 252009
 August 25, 2009  Posted by  Surveillance

… while it’s easy to find and buy surveillance devices, is it legal and/or ethical to use them? Is it okay if you use them to watch over strangers? Is it reasonable to use them to watch and hear family members and loved ones?

The answers can sometimes be murky.

“There are definitely legalities to consider,” said Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney for the San Francisco-based non-profit privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it.”


Behnam Dayanim, an attorney with Los Angeles-based Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, said the legal lines on the use of such devices can be blurry.

“The acceptability or permissibility of these techniques depends on several factors, including where they were activated, who is undertaking the activity and what notice is provided to the subject of the activation,” Dayanim said. “There are different degrees of privacy interests. The greatest privacy interest is in your own home.”

Read more on Computerworld.

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