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Neighbor Has Cameras Pointed At My House. Is This Invasion of Privacy?

The Law & You
July 22, 2015

The Law and You

Neighbor Has Cameras Pointed At My House. Is This Invasion of Privacy?

A viewer has a neighbor who’s placed cameras outside his house. The caller wants to know if he has a case for invasion of privacy. Fellerman & Ciarimboli attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli explain.

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

Ed Ciarimboli: This is a very unique question.

Dave: Sure it is.

Ed: Very, very unique.

Dave: Alright, 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’m 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 is probably 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 just kinda catching a broad area, I don’t know if that will qualify for an invasion of privacy claim, but a very unique question. I think we need a little bit more information about the cameras and what they’re doing in order to answer it completely but yeah very unique.

Greg Fellerman: It’s 2015. You just have to assume there are cameras everywhere at this point, but if you listen to specifically the question: they film him when he’s outside. And I think, if I’m right, you have no expectation of privacy when you’re outside. If you’re outside and you’re walking around, anybody can technically take your picture, so you may be outta the box. Now, Eddie’s right if these cameras are shooting in 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: Alright, so this is quite complex. If you’re in a situation that you don’t know, you may have no idea if you have a case or not, how can our viewers get in touch with you guys?

Greg: They can call us at 570-714-HURT or 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 your page we’ll do our best to answer it on an upcoming segment, but this is, it’s a very unique situation.

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

Ed: See ya tomorrow.

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