Private Investigations and Personal Security/Cameras


My question is regarding the legality of video used for security in a business. Can security video legally have audio also, or must it be purely video? I think at least in court all videos must be all video, no audio? What legal issues are there with video survelience?

Hi James,

Each jurisdiction would have different statutes regarding video evidence. Video and audio are two different types of evidence. In business, video is a primary source of information and evidence. I really don't see how audio can aide in addition. Audio is usually used as evidence in different investigations. Again, the legal issues are different in each jurisdiction. You should check the local statutes regarding the legality of both video and audio survellience. I hope this helps with your question.


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