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10 Most Ignored CCTV Codes and Laws

10 Most Ignored CCTV Codes and Laws

When protecting property or monitoring employee activity via CCTV it’s important to adhere to some basic codes of conduct. Regardless of your intentions for installing video surveillance or security systems in Phoenix, it’s essential to be aware of potential mishaps and protect yourself from future liability. Over the years, patterns of CCTV misuse have emerged, allowing us at CTS to compile a list of the 10 most ignored codes and laws:

1. Sales staff informing consumers of product details:

It’s the salesperson’s responsibility to inform clients about all technological details pertaining to the CCTV system. At CTS, our expert staff provides thorough installation and is committed to helping you fully understand your product’s strengths and potential weaknesses.

2. Sales staff communicating proper product maintenance: 

It’s important to understand how to properly care for your security system in Phoenix. CTS can effectively educate you in the proper cleaning, care, and general maintenance of your CCTV.

3. Consumers alerting staff to camera placement:

This is a courtesy- not the law- and often gets overlooked. (One legal exception: unionized workers must be alerted to hidden cameras.) Since cameras are often implemented as part of a security system in Phoenix to prevent poor behavior, it’s considered fair to give workers a warning. Hidden camera clauses can also be written into employee contracts.

4. Awareness of allowable police surveillance:

The fourth amendment states police need warrants to install cameras with audio surveillance. ‘Bugs’ may be allowed if there’s probable cause.

5. Not allowing third parties to view video footage:

The one is exception is for law enforcement purposes. This code is often disregarded, with many CCTV videos being posted online. This is a violation that could cause legal problems.

6. Positioning cameras to view only the premises:

Failure to do so constitutes a privacy violation. Some states prohibit cameras from pointing into neighbors’ houses or yards. CTS is well aware of all such restrictions and can install your security system in Phoenix accordingly.

7. Notifying nannies of their observation:

This is similar to notifying employees that they’re being monitored in an expectation of good behavior.

8. Adhering to state requirements for camera placement:

New York, for example, requires cameras in cabarets. At CTS, we’re well-versed in all state requirements for communication networks in Phoenix that utilize CCTV.

9. Awareness of recording rights:

In Phoenix, you can record conversations without notifying others the recording is taking place. However, cases where you would have eavesdropped but chose to record are illegal.

10. Complying with state laws regarding prohibited camera placement:

This refers to warning people they’re being recorded in private places or places outside the private sector. Bathrooms, locker rooms, hotel rooms, and fitting rooms are examples of places where it’s not permitted use CCTV covertly.


CTS can design a comprehensive CCTV system that not only keeps your business secure, but also adheres to the crucial codes and laws associated with surveillance. We offer security systems in Phoenix that combine CCTV with burglar alarms and fire detection to provide complete, unparalleled protection. We’d be happy to answer your questions about our expert fiber optics cabling in Phoenix, CCTV systems, or any aspect of property surveillance. Call us at 877-685-2626 or contact us online.

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