Installing ‘Skinny Dipping’ Disable Switch for Swimming Pool Camera

It one of the odder requests for an integrator, what are the liabilities of installing a video surveillance security camera that covers a private swimming pool where regular skinny dipping takes place?

One integrator received an unusual request from a client regarding their swimming pool.
Jason Knott · July 28, 2015

With video surveillance cameras being so ubiquitous, privacy is still a concern among some clients.

That’s certainly the case for ABE Alarm Service in Allentown, Pa., which was recently asked to install an exterior home video surveillance system, but with a twist: The homeowners asked that a disable switch be installed for one particular camera that covers the backyard swimming pool because sometimes “skinny dipping” goes on. The disable switch is located in an interior dressing area.

So is there any liability for the integrator? Nope, says legal expert Ken Kirschenbaum of Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum. He write a regular column on security legal matters for CE Pro‘s sister publication Security Sales & Integration.

“That is fine,” says Kirschenbaum in reference to the homeowner’s CCTV request. “If the pool is at a nudist colony or place where regular naked swimming takes place [like my backyard] then you might want to be sure the cameras are open and obvious, not covert. There ordinarily should be no expectation of privacy in a back yard pool, but that could depend on the layout of the yard and pool.”

He adds, “Other than specifically designated areas in a statute, such as bathrooms, dressing rooms, etc., you should be guided by common sense and expectations of privacy.”

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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. 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 has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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