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Neighbor Has Cameras Pointed at My House. What Do I Do?

The Law & You
February 11, 2015

The Law and You

Neighbor Has Cameras Pointed at My House. What Do I Do?

Fellerman & Ciarimboli attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli answer a question from a caller whose neighbor has placed cameras outside his house. The caller wants to know if he has a case for invasion of privacy.

Dave Kuharchik: So what happens if your neighbors are filming your house? We’re going to get to the bottom of this legal mystery today. We’ve got attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli standing by and ready to take this question. Guys, you ready to go?

Ed Ciarimboli: This is a very unique question. Very unique.

Dave: All right, so get ready for this one. This is from Mike in Sunbury: “My neighbor has cameras outside his home and I believe his cameras are on my house and they are filming me when I am outside. Is my neighbor invading my privacy?” What is the legal basis or situation here?

Ed: You know, Mike, this is a very, very unique question. If the cameras are aimed at your house, then your neighbor probably is invading your privacy. Obviously, you have a right to your privacy in your home and if these cameras are directed at your house then the answer might be yes. Now, if the cameras are catching a broad area, I don’t know if it would qualify as an invasion of privacy claim, but a very unique question. We need a little more information about the cameras and what they are doing in order to answer it completely.

Greg Fellerman: It’s 2015, you just have to assume there are cameras everywhere at this point. But, if you listen to the specific question and they film him while he’s outside and I think if I’m right, you have no expectation of privacy when you’re outside. I mean, if you are outside and you’re walking around, anybody can technically take your picture so you may be out of the box. Now, Eddie’s right, if these cameras are shooting into your bedroom, your living room, that’s different. But, if you’re outside walking around you may have a tough case in that situation. But again, it would need a little more information.

Dave: All right, so this is quite complex if you are in a situation that you may have no idea if you have a case or not, how can our viewers get in touch with you?

Greg: They call us at 570-714-HURT, see us on the web at 714hurt.com

Ed: Or, go to our Facebook page. If you have a question like this, put it on our page. We’ll do our best to answer it in an upcoming segment. But this is a very unique situation.

Dave: No doubt about that. Results matter, attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli, guys thank you so much.

Ed: See you tomorrow.

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