Lawful Use of Workplace Security Cameras


When you think the commercial spaces you’ve visited, what do you picture? Some people may remember desks and inspirational artwork in an office, or cash registers and clothes racks in a retail setting. But as a business owner, one feature should stand out above all—security measures.


The installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems is one of the most-employed security measures in a business environment. And it’s no surprise, either; they can help prevent theft by their presence alone. And in the event that a crime does occur, video evidence is recorded for future reference in legal matters.


But before you begin installing cameras to capture every angle of your space, there are a few regulations to keep in mind.


  1. In general, it is permissible for anyone to record footage in a public area, so long as there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. That is, the party involved will not feel personally violated by being captured on film. Some of these places include:


  • Restrooms
  • Hotel rooms
  • Locker rooms/shower facilities
  • Fitting rooms


  1. Employers must be aware of their state’s specific laws regarding security cameras in the workplace. Most states permit employers to install security cameras so long as they have a valid business-related reason for doing so. However, employees must be informed of any video recording arrangements that you have elected to use.


  1. Due to federal wiretapping laws, many businesses opt to install CCTV systems that do not come equipped with audio-recording features. Regulations relating to the recording of oral communication in the workplace vary situationally, so be sure to consult your state’s specific laws to be on the safe side.


To learn more about how installing security cameras can help keep you, your employees, and your assets safe, contact Millennium Fire & Security today!