“GREEN BAY, Wis., Oct. 30 (UPI) — A U.S. court approved warrantless use of hidden surveillance cameras, saying police can install such cameras on private property without obtaining a warrant. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled it reasonable for Drug Enforcement Administration agents to enter rural property without permission, and without a warrant, to install multiple “covert digital surveillance cameras” in hopes of uncovering evidence of marijuana being grown, CNET reported Tuesday.”
This was written at www.securityinfowatch.com. Law enforcement agencies were able to place hidden surveillance equipment on private property even though there were “no trespassing” signs posted on the grounds. How you may ask?
In a U.S. Supreme Court cased from 1984 there was a ruling stating that open fields are not subject to the fourth amendment, which protects against unlawful search and seizure without a warrant. These Drug Enforcement Administration agents were able to legally place video surveillance on the property so they could uncover evidence of marijuana being grown, and it worked.
Today’s cameras are getting better by the minute, we have every type you can think of from the biggest satellite cameras to the smallest pinhole cameras and it is just amazing what we can do with them. Many people worry that these cameras can be used to constantly watch what we are doing and in some cases such as this story it is true.
Coming form the security industry I have realized that if you have to worry about being on camera then you are probably doing something you are not supposed to be doing anyway.