Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Video cameras, or closed-circuit television CCTV , are becoming a more and more widespread feature of American life. Fears of terrorism and the availability of ever-cheaper cameras have accelerated the trend even more. The use of sophisticated systems by police and other public security officials is particularly troubling in a democratic society. In lower Manhattan, for example, the police are planning to set up a centralized surveillance center where officers can view thousands of video cameras around the downtown - and police-operated cameras have proliferated in many other cities across America in just the past several years. Although the ACLU has no objection to cameras at specific, high-profile public places that are potential terrorist targets, such as the U.
For the purpose of this subsection:. In addition to any penalties the court may impose, the court may order the destruction of any recording made in violation of this section. This section is provided on the theory that in an era of increasing use of electronic eavesdropping devices, criminal sanctions should be used to protect an individual's right of privacy. Wiretapping is contrary to federal law, but it is right that state law should also be on record against it. Physical contact with the private place is not necessary.
Practice Areas. Criminal Defense. Domestic Crimes. Surveillance The right to privacy is one of the most important rights guaranteed by the U.
Without Stephanie's consent or knowledge, Schultz put a small video camera in the smoke-detector that faced her bed. A line led from the camera into Schultz's own apartment, from which he both viewed and recorded the images. His crime was exposed when Stephanie's boyfriend noticed suspicious wires coming out of the smoke-detector.