There certainly are practical reasons to want to have such a camera for protection. Different states have different laws about "recording" others. I imagine that whether or not the camera will be open and visible to those being recorded (or whether there is a prominent and posted notice) will play a big part in the analysis. Typically, relevant laws address hidden cameras and sound recording without consent. I am not licensed to practice law in Florida. I would seek counsel from a Florida attorney to ensure that, your intended use is permissible under Florida law and I would also seek counsel to ensure that the use of the camera at the front desk does not violate HIPAA regulations as to patient privacy.
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