Reposted (with permission by author) from CEPro
By Jason Knot
As long as the cameras are not covert (and a contract is in place), it is OK for integrators to install surveillance cameras in a strip club dressing room and in every room in an 80-year-old doctor’s ‘bachelor pad.’
Just when you think you’ve gotten every request possible as a custom integrator, something comes along that’s even more unusual. That is the case for two integrators who recently reached out to security industry legal expert and legal columnist for CE Pro‘s sister publication Security Sales & Integration, Ken Kirschenbaum of Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum.
In one request, a successful 80-year-old doctor reach out to his integrator to install cameras in every room of his “bachelor pad.” The doctor uses the dwelling for sex with various women he meets during random encounters. Apparently after one such encounter, the morning after, the woman demanded $10,000 and claimed she would start screaming rape and call the police. He called her bluff, called the cops who upon arrival escorted the young lady out. The doctor’s private counsel advised installing fully visible, not covert, cameras covering the entire apartment.
“The doctor has a legitimate reason and concern for the camera installation,” says Kirschenbaum. “The cameras are going to be obvious, not covert.”
The integrator used Kirschenbaum’s Standard Form Agreement alarm contract with the doctor with the added addendum: “Subscriber has been advised that he may view and record video data of himself and only those who give express written consent.” Kirschenbaum did not suggest that the alarm company provide the doctor with a consent form but advised him to get one on his own.
In another instance, an integrator was asked to place visible cameras in a strip club dressing room.
“As you know, dressing rooms are one of the specific places statutes prohibit camera installation,” says Kirschenbaum. But in this case, the cameras were warranted. Indeed, the dancers at the club had requested the cameras be installed because there had been multiple thefts of personal property. There were existing but non-functional cameras in the dressing room already. Again, in this case, the integrator is OK installing the cameras, but Kirschenbaum recommended that the strip club owner have all employees sign consent form.
“But even without that, he could install obvious cameras, but not covert,” notes Kirschenbaum.
About the Author
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org
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