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N.Y. Neighbors Can Now Sue If They Feel Threatened by Outdoor Surveillance Cameras

Backyard Surveillance Bill will allow N.Y. citizens to sue their neighbors over privacy concerns brought on by obtrusive outdoor surveillance cameras. The law takes effect Sept. 15.

N.Y. Neighbors Can Now Sue If They Feel Threatened by Outdoor Surveillance Cameras

CE Pro Editors · August 21, 2017

N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law that allows citizens to sue their neighbors if they feel annoyed, alarmed, harassed or threatened by a neighbor's outdoor surveillance camera pointed at their property — specifically their backyard. 

“We want to make sure you can go to the court and get relief,” said state assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Queens). “It’s not a criminal matter, it’s a civil matter, and you ask for an injunction for a court to tell them that they have to remove the camera.”

Braunstein sponsored the Backyard Surveillance Bill after hearing numerous complaints about invasions of privacy by snooping neighbors.

“I wouldn’t like that having them looking straight at my kids in my backyard,” Taso Vassiliou of Flushing, Queens told CBS New York.

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Fran Bosi of Flushing, Queens echoed his statements, saying, “I’m entitled to my privacy. I don’t want people taping what I’m doing."

Braunstein said it is important to establish a baseline by asking your neighbor to remove the surveillance camera. However, if the neighbor refuses, litigation may begin.

“I like that new law. There’s a lot of sick people around,” Vassiliou said. “Makes me feel that I can actually do something to help out the family.”

Homeowners and renters will both have standing to sue under the new law, which takes effect on Sept. 15.

In response to the news, CE Pro sister publication Security Sales & Integration posed the question, "Do you think this type of law could become more prevalent around the country as smart home security popularity increases and the use of surveillance cameras becomes more frequent?"

What do you think?

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This article originally appeared on CE Pro sister publication Security Sales & Integration




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