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Are Cameras in Dressing Rooms Legal?

As a theft prevention measure, many retail stores use cameras to monitor fitting rooms.  This practice is on the rise, due to improved technology and the availability of smaller and less expensive cameras.  Two way mirrors are also used for this purpose in some stores.

Is it Legal to Monitor a Dressing Room?

The legaility of cameras in dressing rooms depends on what state the store is located in.  In some states, it is perfectly legal to monitor the dressing room of a retail store by camera or two way mirror.  In other states, the practice is banned outright.  Many states have taken a middle ground approach, by allowing surveillance, but requiring that the store post conspicuous notices to inform consumers that they are being monitored.

In every state, video monitoring for purposes other than theft prevention is illegal.  Such conduct could fall under laws prohibiting voyeurism, which is the act of observing unsuspecting individuals, usually strangers, who may be naked or disrobing, for the purpose of seeking sexual excitement.

I Have Been Videotaped in a Dressing Room - Should I Contact a Lawyer?

If you suspect that you have been videotaped for purposes other than theft deterrence, you should contact a lawyer immediately, because this is never legal.  Even if you have been videotaped for theft deterrent purposes, you may want to contact a lawyer because in some states, taping is illegal even for this purpose.  

A lawyer can help you to understand the laws of your state.  If the store that taped you was in violation of state law, they may be subject to criminal charges, and in addition, you may be able to recover civil damages for being videotaped without your consent.

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Last Modified: 11-15-2010 03:47 PM PST

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