I was wondering what action I can take with regards to a neighbour who has just recently moved a CCTV camera into his bedroom and is pointing it directly at our front door and two bathroom windows.
We live in a courtyard development (5 houses) and the camera is about 10-15 metres away and clearly visible. He already has an external camera pointing towards his own door which is absolutely of no consequence, but I feel the second camera is in violation of our rights to privacy.
We have recently had some flooding issues, although his property was not affected. The emergency services were called and he was seen standing watching everyone and even the fire brigade felt the need to comment.
Later that day when council representatives were on site, in front of witnesses he "flew" at my wife and invaded her space and verbally attacked her. What can I do?
(D.M, 16 October 2008)
The main laws surrounding the use Of CCTV are contained within the Data Protection Act 1998 but these do not cover domestic residences. It is perfectly legal for a resident to install CCTV (even with recording and playback capabilities) and, in the normal course of events, this will be done to protect one’s own property against the threat of intruders and trespassers.
When installed correctly and used for the right purpose, residents who have installed CCTV will tend to have a positive effect on the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour occurring in the neighbourhood, as would be perpetrators of such actions would be less inclined to commit offences for fear of being caught on camera.
The problem, as you rightly pointed out, lies in the fact that you perceive that one of your neighbours’ CCTV cameras is pointing directly at your property and this is a Privacy Issue. As far as the law goes in this regard, it would be covered by the Human Rights Act under your rights to privacy. Article 8 of the Act entitled “The Right to Respect for Private and Family Life, Home and Correspondence” means that your neighbour might well be breaking the law here.
Ideally, it would be better if you could speak to the neighbours politely, explain the situation to them and request that they make certain modifications to the CCTV system so that it does not infringe on your privacy. However, given you stated that the man verbally attacked your wife, the likelihood would seem to suggest that he would not be prepared to listen. Incidentally, the fact that the man verbally attacked your wife might be also covered under the Human Rights Act in terms of harassment alone. It's also likely that his behaviour will have been mentally noted, at least, by the council representatives so that could obviously go in your favour.
Therefore, I think you have every right to contact your local authority or local police force and have them come out to investigate. They would obviously need to be satisfied that the installation was basically Causing Harassment, perhaps even bordering on voyeurism, and they could then take action. Alternatively, get some advice first from a solicitor who has specialist knowledge in this area.
I’m have problems with my neighbour, old lady and making conflicts between neighbours on the little private area. Last week installing Ring doorbell to watching what happened around. The ladys living opposite on my house. The doorbell making 24hours surveillance on me. I’m not happy with that. I’m have two little children. Trying to speak with him, but go very aggressive.
Contacting police and ICO to helping to remove the doorbell - but not any not anyone powered to making that.
Please for advice.
Just me - 17-May-22 @ 8:06 AM
Hi everyone I have Councill flat me my wife 2 kids my Neighbor his move in Opposite our door we leaving block of flat his not work to many people coming his dealing with drag his giving very hard time to my family kids I involve police Councill that don’t do nothing lat Sunday he come out smashing my cctv outside my door been recorded after he come punching my door saying come out I one Kill all of you I call police they come they take him next day his back I ask police if you release him please let me know they never call or contact me please I really need help someone give me advice please
Nabaz - 12-May-22 @ 11:28 PM
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Macky - 4-May-22 @ 10:17 AM
I have CCTV inside my property facing the pavement leading upto my community front door. This is for security reasons as I have a dispute with one of my neighbors. The other day I was looking back at my CCTV footage and caught my neighbor taking photos of my CCTV. Is this allowed. I have contacted the police about this and they say that it's okay as it's a public place however I think she is taking photos for her self and passing them round. What is the law on this. I'm in UK so must me UK laws.
Grahamds - 28-Apr-22 @ 7:51 AM
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Rotti79 - 19-Apr-22 @ 4:10 PM
The man that live,s across the road from me has a camera that points at my window, i live on second floor in a flat so don't see how it help,s look after his house or his mobile home or the wife,s car or his taxi car
Unhappy and sad lady - 30-Mar-22 @ 1:25 PM
I thought domestic cctv was covered by law General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA18) therefore a neighbour can request a copytheir data (audio and visual of them and property) over a given timeframe and then request it’s deleted and for it not to be captured in the future ?
Gilz - 12-Mar-22 @ 4:04 PM
Hi, my neighboursput the camerawhich is pointed in my driveway , is it legally what can I do about it?
Gita - 7-Mar-22 @ 7:22 AM
I have my naighbour CCTV pointing at my garden is this breaking my Wright to privacy.
Phil - 13-Oct-21 @ 9:03 AM
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Chester - 13-Oct-21 @ 5:12 AM
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duuuudewheresmybra - 31-Aug-21 @ 11:20 AM
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Dessy - 16-Aug-21 @ 1:02 AM
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Emzoh - 26-Jul-21 @ 4:31 PM
My neighbor that we don’t get along well put cameras facing my property. Recently she started to scream at us threw those cameras while we minding our own business, enjoying our garden or backyard. What steps can we take to stop this.
Lory - 25-Jul-21 @ 12:10 AM
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Larisa - 25-Jul-21 @ 12:05 AM
My neighbour whom i dont get on with has installed a dome camera under the canopy of a large garden bar.its approx 2 foot higher than the boundary fence and about the same distance away meaning they can see straight into our once private garden.no consultation or anything,it just appeared.
I cant put a trellis up to make fence higher..their fence..any ideas ?
Dealing with a person who thinks its acceptable to screw stuff to their fence so the points penetrate well through to our side.
Kray - 12-Jul-21 @ 6:48 PM
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Sugerplum - 8-Jul-21 @ 2:33 PM
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Micmax - 29-Jun-21 @ 12:17 PM
The neighbors adjacent to me have installed a light or possible camera directly at my bathroom window
I have a basic right of privacy am I right ?
These neighbours are hateful and have been nasty for a while now.
Help me please.
Willow - 20-Jun-21 @ 1:50 AM
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Rudy - 12-Jun-21 @ 4:45 PM
Neighbours next door have installed a ring door bell to the front and back of there house which activates a sensor alarm outside the property everytime I walk up my own drive or up the side of my property do I have any rights to make them turn the sensor alarm off as it is loud enough to hear from inside and extremely frustrating
Caz plum - 12-Jun-21 @ 3:55 PM
I have been having trouble with my neighbour her son attached methen she spat at me we have told the police now she has cameras pointing at my house so when I step out of my door her cameras come on what can I do about this thanks
Nicky - 31-May-21 @ 9:37 PM
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donotlikeit - 9-May-21 @ 8:06 AM
My neighbor's cameras to individual neighbors are facing the front of my house where a crime was committed and is being disputed witness word to witness word do I have any rights to make her provide that video for him to provide his video since it clearly documented a crime
Kat - 9-May-21 @ 2:56 AM
Neighbours next to me has camera pointed at my front door 24/7 ! What can I do ? He live nested to me not across the street next door what the hell?
Ferg - 7-May-21 @ 11:25 PM
My next door neighbour as installed cctv all round but on my side front and rear they have installed external microphones which I find an invasion of privacy
Bigshot - 26-Apr-21 @ 12:05 PM
My neighbour as all round cctv but on my side front and rear they have external microphone is this legal as I see it as invasion of privacy
Bigshot - 26-Apr-21 @ 12:03 PM
I live in an apartment block and our Nextdoor neighbour has 21 cctv cameras on his house including a PTZ. These cameras film us everytime we are driving in and out of our car park, we have a 7 month old daughter who is also being filmed when we get in and out of the car. The PTZ follows people that walk past their property and this can obviously zoom in aswell. The alarming thing is we have a primary school at the end of the road aswell. What can be done about this matter?
He has now installed another one in the bushes pointing across the entrance of our car park. This isn’t even covering his property at all.
Annoyed neighbour - 19-Apr-21 @ 1:44 PM
Hello I would like to report a neighbour as I find every time I myself or my son goes out anything they have a cameras front and back at my house they have already sent housing offices to my address as well as police over children playing there is no fences around we’re any of us live so the kids can’t even get a ball with our them shouting this is private property I think I am sick off all this and am now going to seek leagal advice on this matter as I feel like I and my little 7yesr old boy are constantly being watched for some strange reason I do not know but I don’t like feeling intimidated by anyone or harassed kind regards miss s rowson
San - 19-Apr-21 @ 1:40 PM
You can go to dollar store but spinners those flashy things that spin you hold or plant when wind blows..these cameras are motion activated. If neighbors cameras are catching spinners they see your area.They will get phone alerts every 5 seconds when wind blows..abd they will adjust caneras..I mooned my neighbor abd he immediately came out so I said if you cant see me on camera how did you know. Perverts mr Mrs bowers. They moved