I have security cameras around my home that are recording silent. Is this legal in Illinois?
There are 13 states which expressly prohibit the installation or use of video surveillance systems and cameras in private places. That’s not to say you can’t use them, only that the laws require you use them in a specific way such as by informing the intended subjects you have a home surveillance system in place. There are additional states which have laws vaguely touching on matters of hidden surveillance cameras or the recording of subjects in private places which will be included below.
Before we get to the State of Illinois, we should define the words “private places.” A private place is simply one where a person may reasonably expect to be safe from unauthorized surveillance. For example, several states have laws prohibiting the use of some kind of video surveillance system in specific circumstances such as in a dressing room, locker room or restroom or where the intent of the owner/installer is for the purpose of viewing a person in a state of partial or full nudity.
If you want to use home surveillance systems in Illinois, ensure they DO NOT have sound recording capability as the law specifically emphasizes silent video recording is not prohibited.
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