The Legality of Hidden Security Cameras
The laws surrounding the use of a hidden camera security system in your home differ slightly from state to state, but throughout the USA it is legal to use hidden cameras to record video in your home—to a point.
What are those limits? Take, for example, one of the most common uses for a hidden WiFi security camera in your home, the nanny cam. Parents use nanny cams to monitor how babysitters take care of their children, or to monitor older children at home alone. Use of nanny cams to record video is legal in all 50 states—as long as the use does not violate a reasonable expectation of privacy.
So when you’re considering where to place home security cameras, avoid bathrooms, walk-in closets, changing areas, and bedrooms (if you have a live-in nanny or caregiver), as these are rooms where someone has a reasonable expectation of privacy. If you conceal a camera in these areas, you’re breaking the law.
Laws from state to state also differ when it comes to recording audio along with the video. Some states require two-party consent for audio recording, so it’s best to steer clear of recording audio along with video to stay on the right side of the law.
Still, if your indoor hidden security cameras are in living rooms, entryways, kitchens, and other more public areas of the home, you’re well within your rights to record and observe.