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When it comes to cameras there is more than alarm law to contend with / what me worry
February 26, 2021
When it comes to cameras there is more than alarm law to contend with / what me worry 
            I was reading the February 13, 2021 newsletter regarding bathroom cameras. It is very important that people in our industry understand we are not regulated solely by alarm rules, regulations and laws. There are privacy Laws which cover items in places where you should anticipate privacy expectations. Even states with no Alarm Licensing laws have such laws. 
Michael Slossar
            You are right.  By "alarm laws" we generally think about licensing laws that regulate who can install security equipment, which in most jurisdictions will include security cameras.  By "alarm regulations and rules" we may be referring to guidelines established by recognized laboratory companies, some of whose guidelines are adopted into law regulating product and installation and in some cases performance [such as response time and when to dispatch and when not to dispatch].  There are plenty of other laws that govern other areas of law, other than security or fire that can affect the alarm industry.  Noise ordinances come to mind for sirens and bells; privacy laws that govern accumulation and storage of personal information and data security; privacy laws that deal with mechanical interception or recording of audio; privacy laws that deal with video or capturing the image of another [which obviously pertains to cameras].  Not to mention copyright and trademark infringement matters, deceptive business practices, unfair competition, antitrust violations, telephone solicitation laws, consumer laws, contract issues, insurance issues,  employment law, transactional law, estate planning. 
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