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Are Nanny Cams Illegal?

It is completely legal in all 50 states to use a hidden camera. However, it is illegal to record speech without a person’s consent in the following 15 states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. There is always the possibility that it won’t be admissible in court. Also, most people are not aware that nanny cameras can’t be placed just anywhere. Just because it is your house doesn’t mean that you can record somebody hired to work there. A nanny has the right to privacy in a bathroom and a bedroom if an overnight stay is required. Violation of these rights could find you on the wrong end of a lawsuit. Another legal fact: There are currently no Federal laws that state you have to provide any information about your taping, recording or using a “Nanny Cam” in your own household.

Overall, the decision to obtain a “Nanny Cam” is a personal one and is growing in acceptance. Please contact us if you have any additional questions. Below you can see our StealthCam in action.

2 thoughts on “Are Nanny Cams Illegal? Leave a comment

  1. Oh my gosh I had no idea that audio recording was allowed in Virginia. I have a friend going through a treacherous divorce right now, her husband is crazy and has full custody of their kid. If she can tape him saying the crazy stuff he says, then maybe a judge could grant her custody. Thanks for the information.

    • Dear Conchaschica,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s situation… Some people are really reluctant to use concealed recording/video devices, but in a lot of cases, it is the best way to resolve a circumstance such as this… We will be posting a lot more information on the new website, but in the meantime, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
      Best,
      ST

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