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can I have my cctv camera watching the road outside my house legally without complaint?
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can I have my cctv camera watching the road outside my house legally without complaint?


2008-10-06 19:15:53 +0000
yes it is a public road or in plain view so that you are not intruding on private areas.

2008-10-06 19:22:28 +0000
I actually believe you are not allowed to watch public property, only your own property/garden. This came up locally as someone was being targeted by local yobs and the local chief constable was asked this question. What he said was that you can only watch your own property. If in doubt ask at your local police station. Better safe than sorry.

2008-10-10 03:53:19 +0000
Yes. There's no problem with that as long as it's for personal security necessity. For CCTV Security click here http://www.video-surveillance-guide.com

2008-10-06 19:22:15 +0000
As others have said yes you can but it might be an idea to put up a notice where it can be seen clearly saying something to the effect of Warning CCTV is being operated from here then i wouldn't think anyone could complain

2008-10-06 19:55:34 +0000
Yes you can and no one can stop you as long as its mounted in your property.

2008-10-06 19:14:45 +0000
Yes, as long as you do not profit .
If you make a movie for profit you must have releases from people filmed.

2008-10-06 19:51:08 +0000
You can do it legally, but somebody might complain anyway.

2008-10-06 19:46:12 +0000
The law everywhere regarding photography and recording video is that "wherever your eyes can legally go, a camera can legally go" (with a few exceptions such as some NYC bridges and tunnels or government installations, but signs would be clearly posted in such areas). Some places have passed laws banning "illegal surveillance", but that only applies if you're videotaping somebody through their window. There is no legal expectation of privacy on a public street, so record away.

2008-10-08 13:22:20 +0000
The short answer is Yes,

But you should make precautions to protect yourself.
- Firstly, you must place an "Obviously visible" CCTV recording sign on your premises.
- Secondly, you should make sure the road is not a private driveway.

If you were not to point the camera on the road, you would not be required to place a CCTV recording sign. Part 4 of the Data Protection Act 1998 covers Domestic Use:

Domestic or home purposes: (36) "Personal data processed by an individual only for the purposes of that individual's personal, family or household affairs (including recreational purposes) are exempt from the data protection principles and the provisions of Parts II and III".

- Therefore if the camera only recorded your own front lawn for example, you would not have to put up a sign. If you were to have an intruder then you would be able to present the recordings to the Police and the Evidence would be viable in court.

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