We’ve entered an era where it is not unreasonable to wonder whether you’re being watched whenever you walk into someone’s home for the first time. Hidden cameras have a wide range of perfectly legitimate uses, particularly since the technology has become both so advanced and so affordable at roughly the same time. Maybe someone needs to be able to keep an eye on their babysitter while they’re not at home, or their security system includes cameras that are connected to the Internet via a Wi-Fi network.
Unfortunately, they have a lot of illegitimate uses, too – which is allegedly the case with a former NASCAR driver named Greg Biffle. Recently, a news outlet in Mooresville, North Carolina discovered a lawsuit that was filed against Biffle alleging that hidden cameras and other “secret peeping” equipment were installed inside his home that visitors were unaware of.
The Case of Greg Biffle: The Story So Far
The lawsuit against Greg Biffle was brought about by two people – his ex-wife and his ex-mother-in-law. They are suing both Biffle and his company, Roush Fenway Racing, over very serious allegations that hidden cameras were installed inside his estate on Lake Norman in the Mooresville area.
According to the lawsuit, it is true that visible cameras were installed all over the exterior of the home that visitors were absolutely aware of when they arrived. However, a series of additional cameras were also installed inside in areas like the master bedroom, the guest bedroom and even certain bathrooms. They were discovered when Biffle’s former mother-in-law was spending time at the estate.
While it’s true that in most states (including North Carolina) someone has the right to install hidden cameras inside their home without informing people, there are certain areas where this absolutely does not apply. The bathroom is one such area, which is a large part of the reason why Biffle is currently in so much trouble.
The lawsuit also includes allegations that Biffle not only recorded both his ex-wife and his ex-mother-in-law with his digital surveillance equipment, but that he later showed the recorded footage to other people. This is also an example of the types of surveillance activities that are not protected under laws in most states.
During his initial round of depositions for the lawsuit, Biffle stated under oath that the hidden cameras were installed in his property entirely for security purposes. He believed that his maids were stealing from him, and he was attempting to collect evidence to turn over to the proper authorities. Again, it is entirely legal to install hidden surveillance equipment like cameras and audio recording devices in your home for this specific purpose, but their inclusion in an area as intimate as a bathroom is definitely enough to raise a few legal eyebrows.
Legal professionals agree that under most state recording laws, hidden cameras can NOT be installed in a place where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy. The master bedroom in a home that you don’t own and are merely visiting is not necessarily one of those places, though even this can be argued in either direction due to the murky nature of most laws. However, a bathroom is regardless of who owns the property you’re visiting and what relationship you have with that owner.
Biffle and his wife divorced back in 2015. Biffle became famous after racing for NASCAR for almost twenty years. He only stepped down earlier in 2017, at which point he moved into a TV analyst role.
If anything, this situation underlines the importance of knowing what to look for in terms of surveillance equipment if you think you’re being watched without your knowledge. When you can purchase a full HD Internet-connected hidden camera for just a few hundred dollars, assuming that you’re being recorded isn’t “being paranoid.” Over the course of the last few years alone, it has essentially become common sense.