What You Need to Know About Nanny Cams (Part II)

But before you get and use a home security camera, here’s what you have to know and must do.

There are some places in your home where nanny cams can’t be installed like the bathroom.

State laws on home security cameras differ. Know the law in your state

It’s perfectly legal to put a home security camera in a residence in every state. though, the laws that dictate how and what you can record differ from state to state, and audio recordings and video recordings are usually treated differently under the law. Some states don’t need you to get consent from the nanny or notify him/her first, but some do mandate this.

Lawyers who specialize in nursing home abuse and neglect state that laws are also different if you plan to record at a nursing home or retirement community where there might be issues with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and patient privacy laws.

If you’re unsure of laws about home security cameras in your state, it recommended that you meet with a criminal defense attorney.

Keep privacy in mind

The main part of privacy laws that affect home security cameras hinges on something referred to as the expectation to the right of privacy.

The places where folks do have an expectation of privacy in your home are in a bathroom or a place they may change clothes which could be a bedroom for a live-in caregiver. So, while it’s typically okay to set up cameras in a kitchen, living room, or exterior of your home, you’ll probably get in trouble for setting up a camera in a spot where the average person would have an expectation of privacy.

Have a talk with your caregiver

To set a clear expectation of where there isn’t and is privacy, it’s smart to tell a nanny up-front about the cameras. In fact, it might be legally required to disclose your cameras in some jurisdictions. Also, if you don’t tell them and only bring it up later when you’re pointing out something they did wrong, the nanny could be unpleasantly surprised.