Spying: Not All Fun and Games
Though we’re certainly proud of all the innovative and high-tech gadgetry that appears on our site, there is an inevitable ethical issue that comes up in relation to spying equipment. Beyond the ethical considerations, there are legal ramifications as well, as spying on another person can violate a person’s right to privacy. This is not something to take lightly – as it could result in a legal battle and possibly losing the case and a cash settlement. However, there are entirely legitimate reasons to use spying technology, which is why we offer these products on our site.
A totally legitimate – and common – use of the spy cam is the nanny cam. In this case, a person installs a spy cam to ensure that a hired worker is doing a job with the utmost professionalism. Given the fact that the nanny is an employee, there is a legal basis for installing a cam. In some cases, you may even want to let the nanny know that a camera is in place, as this sort of monitoring can prevent mistreatment. This is preferable to catching a worker only after something bad has occurred. Other types of office workplace surveillance are also employed.
Trouble arises when footage is not only caught on camera, but also broadcast in some capacity. With the ease of new video services, such as Youtube, it’s a seamless process to record someone on camera and then release it to cyberspace. It might be entertaining if someone is caught in an embarrassing compromising position, but if you do not have consent to broadcast this material, you could be in danger of being sued for libel. However, if you do catch someone performing illegal activity, or merely slacking off on the job, having a spy camera on hand can be enormously useful and can mean the difference between a job done well or not done at all.