I live in a residential area that abuts a commercial area in S. Maine. My neighbors have recently installed a very extensive security system with multiple cameras and video surveillance equipment to protect their business (a landscape and garden business that sells all sorts of outdoor yard décor as well as landscape materials). They have apparently had a lot of theft and want to mitigate future loss. I can respect that. However, we now live under constant surveillance by this new security system (we are not friendly with these neighbors, we have had other issues, with noise pollution, light pollution, delivery trucks, etc). The security cameras are mounted on the second story of their business and aimed right at our home, into our windows, our yard, our deck, etc. Do we have any right to our privacy? Isn't this some sort of an invasion of our right to privacy and to peaceably enjoy our home? Thank you for your time and review of my question.
Maybe. This is an area of evolving law and thought. We are all under surveillance, for varying periods, as we walk through our day. Read the report of a recent Illinois court opinion, at the link, below, and you will identify the issues as very similar to your own.
You have to look carefully at your Maine laws on privacy.
As Thomas has said, the answer is "maybe." Generally if a human could see it you're not going to get a lot of sympathy just because it's a camera. That being said, every judge and every lawmaker seems to have a different opinion of the matter.
Let's put it this way: it's not going to be something easily solved, especially if you don't have a good relationship with them. You're going to need to talk to a lawyer in your area that can represent you.
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