Our HOA hired a landscaper and my husband asked him a question. He literally started screaming and cursing at my husband. When we approached our HOA thinking they would back us and speak to the landscaper, they told us they didn’t believe us. I told them, my RING doorbell picked up the entire conversation and I was told it was illegal for me to record him. I could be sued!
Illegal recording applies if there is an expectation of privacy in the communication. If he was yelling so others could hear, then there is no expectation of privacy
Legal advise from your HOA? The old adage, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” seems to apply here.
The Ring doorbell security device is an audio video device that records for security purposes and is not concealed, there’s no expectation of privacy by a third party outside your front door.
The recording is lawful under the circumstances you described in my opinion.
Mr. Damore is a former Volusia and Broward County Prosecutor and an experienced criminal defense lawyer handling cases in both State and Federal Courts throughout Florida. The answer provided is for educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. You should consult an attorney for legal advice regarding the facts of your specific case and designed to help you with your personal needs.
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