On 2014-08-03 13:26, oldcpu wrote:
> robin_listas;2657155 Wrote:
>> Even if the cameras are inside the house, there may be regulations. In
>> my country, they have to be registered with the police and the data
>> protection agency - because they can “accidentally” record someone that
>> “happens” to be inside your house, like a visitor or a thief.
> I researched this, and as near as I can tell in Germany, if the IP
> camera is only looking inside my apartment, it is perfectly legal.
> However if it is looking outside my apartment to a public area, then a
> permit may be required < not sure > . Since I intend to use this for
> surveillance inside my apartment (pointed a the door/entrance), I don’t
> see a problem currently. Plus, I don’t really plan to set this up for
> any permanent internal surveillance, but rather I am just trying to
> teach myself about technical issues, and learn a bit about
> ‘requirements’ through some basic experience.
Regulations for each country differ.
For instance, if I have a non registered camera recording strictly
inside my house, there is a robbery, and the camera registers the face
of the guy, and the fact, it can not be used in court at all. You need
independent proofs, like fingerprints and such. You may even need to
prove that the police seeked for the guy without using the photos.
Also, if the camera is hidden and records a friend or a visitor, even
totally innocent pictures, he can sue me for recording his picture
without telling him in advance. There has to be a notice in the premises
saying that there are recording cameras in action.
For instance, I wanted to have a camera pointing just to the outside of
my door, to find out from my chair who is ringing the bell; even from
the “hole” in the door, the ringer button location is too far for me to
recognize the face without opening - then to find out that they want to
sell me broomsticks!
Well, I had to back out.
I can replace the “hole” and lenses in the door with a digital camera
and display, with battery, and no recording device. That’s legal. But it
has no zoom and thus it is useless to me. And it can not be connected to
the computer (or the mobile phone) at the other end of the house, so
that I have to get up, anyway… Imagine that I’m having a siesta, get
up, and find a broom-seller.
A very interesting usage is just surveillance cameras, to find out if
your house is still there, when you are in a trip…
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” (Minas Tirith))