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  • Your state laws may have certain restrictions, but in most places if the camera is on his property, the answer is likely to be no. If it's facing a bedroom window, just keep your windows covered and then not worry about it. It may even on day work to your advantage should a cat burglar come prowling through the neighborhood one night, looking for a place to grab loot while you are away. As long as you and your neighbor are on good terms with each other, then I'd consider it piece of mind that you didn't have to pay a dime for. For what ever reason, if you want privacy from the cameras, then a strong infrared light attached to the side of the house with the beam shining in the direction of the camera will block any thing behind the lamp from being captured on tape. A couple of IR illuminators shining out the window will block him from recording what happens inside of your house. http://www.escstores.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=77758 http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/02/temporarily_blind_surveil.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890 Point this at his camera and it will be rendered useless: http://www.scdlink.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=1573&category=23&cf=fr Another thought is to replace the glass with frosted glass or tint the existing glass. For a one two punch frosted/tinted glass with an infrared spotlight. EDIT: How to power LEDs directly from AC power. No PSU or wall wart needed: http://www.turbokeu.com/myprojects/acled.htm http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Bill_Bowden/page10.htm
  • NO. Anyone has a right to film whatever they want in public or from their private property..
  • bring a cop over, let him look. In most states your house can be in view of the camera, but if it is obvious focus then you probably can get it removed, or moved. It is a matter of privacy so if it does face windows then its the same laws applicable as catching a 'peeping tom'.
  • I think it would be an invasion on your privacy. What if this is a not know child molester, or they are scoping out your home. In fact my neighbors have a survilence camera pointed at my house and up my drive, what is their reason. To protect their property. The police say it is a civil matter, I say I can do what I want on my property. But don't flip the camera off, for that gesture can land you in jail. Now why is that illegal, when you are on your own property? I do run a business out of my home. Does anyone know if this matter can go to small claims court. My neighbor has posted this directly from my kitchen window, and watches down my drive.
  • Probably not, but I find that such a thing would greatly insult me. I don't think it would be illegal, if I found myself in such a situation, to erect a huge sign saying FUCK YOU right in the direction of the camera. But then, the person may not be doing it for spite; I would totally appreciate it if it was like neighbour watch, where people keep an eye on each other for burglars and all, but if it just happened to be because he wants to keep an eye on you, especially if there's no reason to, I'd be damned angry lol.
  • Not in most states :)
  • It depends on the state/county/city where you live. If it can be proved that he is harassing you, it's called "electronic survellance". You could have the police ask him to re-direct the camera(s) first. I don't see why they wouldn't want to try to resolve this problem, and it would let him know it's not acceptable...if they handle it right. It's obvious there's a reason this neighbor has camera(s) pointed at your house, but I don't know the full story... If he has done any outward (overt)behaviors that you can prove, you can get a restraining order. Get witnesses. Anti-stalking laws are being taken more seriously nowadays. I consider this harassment and a form of stalking; this person COULD be paranoid and therfore dangerous. He's angry for some reason? Why don't you give him something to see? When you are outside, smile and wave at the camera. Just be nice and don't retaliate in any way. That's what he may want you to do. It's best to stay away from him. If necessary, consider moving. It's better than all the stress.
  • Look, folks. You can't simply say that it is or isn't legal with a blanket on all jurisdictions. Here is the best advice I've seen anywhere, from http://www.safetybasement.com/category_s/385.htm This site probably isn't authoritative, but it reads very logical, common sense: "Note: Inspite of the information we are providing here, we still advise that you check with your local laws. The information we provide below is a general reference and not a final translation of your state and local laws. Some General Guidelines on video surveillance In general, most video recordings are legal in the U.S. with or without consent. Laws do exist regarding "Invasion of Privacy" which deals with the area of expected privacy. These include areas such as bathrooms, locker rooms, changing/dressing rooms, bedrooms and other areas where a person should expect a high level of personal privacy. While the majority of laws dealing with video recording privacy issues tend to allow surreptitious recording and monitoring of video activity under most circumstances without notification of any of the parties involved, it is highly recommended that you consult with your local or state law enforcement or an attorney who specializes in this area to comply with all local and regulations prior to utilization of video surveillance and monitoring. Covert video surveillance is illegal when: The subject has a reasonable expectation of privacy (4th Amendment rights) i.e. in a bathroom; motel room; changing room If audio eavesdropping is also taking place, covert surveillance may be illegal when: The person with authority over the premises has not consented The reason for the video surveillance fosters an illegal purpose" ---So, it's really best to ask your local law enforcement rather than for anyone's opinions here, as well-intentioned they may be.
  • yes it is, by that i mean you can legally have it pointed elsewhere...
  • Not if it's turned off.

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