Many home and business owners shy away from using camera systems because of how challenging they can be at times. In addition to that, there are certain privacy laws that have to be abide by. The fact of the matter is that video surveillance systems are very easy to operate provided you choose a security company that knows what they’re doing. It’s easy to reap the advantages of camera systems and also appease all legal requirements. 
When installing camera systems in the home, the laws are common sense. It’s completely fine placing cameras where privacy is not an expectation. If someone in your home has an expectation of privacy, such as a bathroom, it is most likely off limits. 
Business owners use camera systems for 3 primary reasons:
  1. To provide safety to their customers 
  2. To provide safety to their employees
  3. To provide safety to their products 
But, CCTV systems in business have other uses too, such as accident verification, etc.
Camera legalities in the workplace come down to this- When someone is in a public place, there is no expectation of privacy. It is perfectly fine to use video surveillance in any public area. However, in the state of Oregon, the business has to post a sign in a conspicuous area notifying people that they are being monitored if the video recording is to be used in a court of law. 
Here are some of the places that businesses should not place cameras:
  1. Entrances and exits to bathrooms
  2. Bathrooms
  3. Dressing rooms
  4. Locker Rooms
Medical offices and schools are a different story and have an entirely different set of governing laws. Most medical facilities have to comply with HIPPA regulations and adhere to patient privacy. 
I am often asked about audio when I am in a security audit these days. Camera systems that record audio in public places are very touchy and may be in violation with certain federal privacy laws. I have heard of instances where businesses owners have obtained written consent from persons who will be subject to being recorded, but that is rare. The best way to obtain a properly installed security camera system is to call a knowledgeable security camera integrator. We are always available with any questions you may have.