Marietta, GA asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia

Q: My roommates set up a camera in the living room without my consent. Is this illegal?

I had a recent falling out with my 3 other roommates. After the argument they set up a camera in the living room that points to the kitchen, and to my space of living (it’s also conjoined to the garage entry of the home). I noticed the camera hidden by plants to be out of sight. They did not tell me they were putting up a camera, they did not ask if I was okay with it. I believe they put it there to watch me/listen to me. Is this situation illegal? Does this invade my right to privacy?

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A: In many states, including Georgia, it is generally illegal to conduct video or audio surveillance of someone in areas where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as in their own living space. If your roommates set up a camera in the common living area or in a space that you use for personal living purposes without your consent, it could potentially be considered an invasion of privacy.

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