Laws on Security Cameras in Florida

By Kim Sarah ; Updated June 15, 2017
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Cameras are a security method used by businesses, home owners and property owners. They are often attached to a closed-circuit television network that will transmit video images to monitors. Some monitors are attached to video recording devices. Using security cameras comes with some laws to protect privacy rights. Taping in Florida's public areas is legal without consent of present parties. However, privacy protection laws put some restrictions on recording in more private areas.

All Parties Must be Aware

Each person who is being recorded must be aware of this. The reason for the recording does not matter. The first offense is a misdemeanor unless it is done for illegal reasons or for commercial gain. Then it becomes a felony. Any offense after the first is automatically a felony.

Invasion of Privacy

Without the consent of present parties, it is always illegal to capture video recordings in areas of extreme privacy. These areas include bathrooms, locker rooms, changing or dressing areas, and bedrooms. Taping without consent is considered "invasion of privacy."

Audio Recording with a Video Camera

It is illegal to possess, manufacture or distribute any device that is meant to eavesdrop or otherwise illegally record private conversations. These devices include video cameras that are intended for illegal action. For example, placing a small surveillance camera in a room to eavesdrop on a conversation is punishable by up to $2,500 in fines or prison.

About the Author

Kim Sarah has been a writer since 2000. Her work has appeared on NECN, WCTR-TV3 and in the "Torch" university newspaper, among other publications. Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Worcester State University and a Master of Arts in journalism from Roosevelt University. She is also studying nursing and computer science at Indiana State University.