Arizona Surveillance Laws
Security Cameras are one of the best ways to protected both public and private sectors. Perpetrators along with owners know that if there is a break in or a theft it will be caught on camera. Public schools, airports, supermarkets and other places that are open to the public use cameras to prevent unwanted behavior. Arizona uses security camera laws to protect those who have them in use.
When Arizona laws maker address the issues between public and private spaces the definition is made clear. Public places are spaces and locations open to the general public, while private places are homes, apartment complexes, and other spaces that are primarily designated as a persons living environment. According to STG Security, a private place is where someone assumes they will be in private and not captured by unauthorized surveillance without permission.
In Arizona you are required in the private sector to inform any one they are being recorded, but this can depend on the property. Apartment building with multiple units and more than one family have permission to run security cameras in the lobby and communal areas of the building. Many landlords’ use sign to display cameras are in use, but are not required to inform guest they are being filmed. Surveillance signs can be very helpful. Studies show that when guest are informed it leads people to be on their best behavior.
Audio and Video
When considering the law audio and video are not considered the same. Generally capturing and recording a person’s voice is not permissible without the individuals consent. Often cameras with audio break the law and may not be admissible in court. It is required by Arizona law that one must be notified prior to beginning recording or filming. Nannies, gardeners, handyman, nursing assistants or others that work with children or the elderly inside the home are allowed to be recorded.
Even though citizens are permitted to the use of a security camera system, residents are still protected by the Arizona law. It prohibits the use of cameras in certain locations where an individual would expect to find privacy. These areas include but are not limited to showers, bathrooms, and changing rooms. Homeowners who rent rooms to lessee’s boarders and tenants must guarantee a right to privacy to those paying rent and living in the building.