Winter Park, FL asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Florida

Q: a neighbor has their camera pointing directly in the backyard, for malice purposes (spying on us). Is this legal?

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Might or might not be. If it's pointed in a direction that would be considered legitimate security purposes for protection of their property, and simultaneously captures a portion of your back yard (and nothing whatsoever inside your home), it may be legal, regardless of motive. However, if it's mainly capturing your property and not theirs, and is not reasonably related to securing their home, it may be considered an invasion of privacy. If the latter is the case, a good first step is a cease & desist letter, and if that's unsuccessful, relief may be available in court. You may also want to consult the police (without making defamatory accusations).

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