Brooklyn, NY asked in Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and International Law for New York

Q: How legal is it that these cameras record audio?

I work for a trucking company, we have the smart drive camera system, these cameras only record several seconds before and several seconds after an event like accident, hard brake, red light etc.. there's two cameras, one facing the front and the other facing me, they are used for security reasons and I have no problem with it but i have the following question: is it legal for these cameras to have audio included in the event recordings?

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V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
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  • Tarrytown, NY
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A: Why would it not be? Is the vehicle titled in your name and are you operating it for your own private interests during these "events"?

A more interesting question might be your employer demanding your personal cell phone for examination after an "event". Do you know of any law which might prevent them from obtaining your own cell phone which you may have used immediately before or after such an "event"? If you do I would like to know.

Brian Greben
Brian Greben
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  • Great Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: It's generally not legal in New York to record peoples' conversations unless at least one of the participants in the conversation knows that it's being recorded.

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