In the private sector, surveillance through a video camera is subject to privacy laws. There are a number of situations where it may be reasonable to expect video surveillance to take place, for example, for security purposes around banking machines or inside convenience stores in high-crime areas.
Under PIPEDA and the Alberta and British Columbia Q. In areas where people have a much higher expectation of privacy, such as a public washroom or a spa treatment room, video surveillance is inappropriate.
As technology has evolved and costs have fallen dramatically, video surveillance is increasingly accessible to a large range of organizations.
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A common question, however, is whether dash cams are even legal, and whether videos recorded from a private citizen’s dash cam are admissible in court. Generally speaking, civilian dash cams are legal in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, however, specifically prohibit operating a motor vehicle with a screen visible by the driver.
When considering the use of video surveillance, make sure that all less privacy invasive alternatives have been looked at.
It is preferable to first put the appropriate security measures in place, such as placing inventory under lock and key. What are we allowed to do with the information we obtain through video surveillance? Information collected through video surveillance should only be used for the purpose that surveillance is being undertaken, or for purposes that are permitted by law.
Retailers use cameras in hopes of deterring thefts and identifying suspects.
Cameras are installed in apartment buildings to detect vandalism and increase the security of tenants. Some retailers conduct video surveillance to analyze consumer behaviour – which store aisles they frequent, where they stop, what products they examine.
An increasing number of private citizens are also mounting video cameras in their own vehicles for a number of reasons.
Donaghue & Labrum has already commented on this trend with a comprehensive article about dash cams which you can read here:
To help organizations achieve compliance with private sector privacy legislation, we have developed these Guidelines, which set out the principles for evaluating the use of video surveillance and for ensuring that its impact on privacy is minimized.