So my flatmate put up cameras in his room since 2 months ago (we don't get on and are not on speaking terms).
I noticed it 2 months ago but left it because as above, we weren't on speaking terms. So I said to myself mentally 'pathetic' and just left it.
Today I suddenly decided, you know what, let me check it out, if it's real or fake etc. Turns out this is also an AUDIO recorder, and this is what upsets me.
He would leave his door open, camera facing outside. Now why I don't like this is that I may have had personal and/or confidential phone calls taking place outside his room - especially as there is no signal in my room I go outside or to the front room to make calls etc. Some of these calls have been very personal. His camera will have picked it up as front room is very close and doors all open.
I'm just astounded and fuming. We haven't got on for a while but he has no reason to put up cameras, no reason even for suspicion. I have never taken anything from his room and he has never spoken up to suspect anything.
Considering this camera receives audio from outside .. is this even legal? What can I/should I do?
Because we unfortunately have to live together for another 5 months and it's unbearable quite frankly. I'm now worried that for all I know he has been inside my room and taken things himself.
Why would he have been in your room? That's just irrational paranoia or trying to motivate your anger.
A really private phone call wouldn't take place in a corridor where everyone can hear you and walk in when they want.
Why not just talk to him about the cameras? They may not be recording, if they are I doubt he keeps or watched the footage. You can also ask him to keep his door closed if there are cameras, that's reasonable.
Consult your university's law centre or a solicitor if you are able to
This isn't legal advice but under data protection laws you're often required to let people know they are being recorded, even on private premises
Its not illegal to put up cameras to stop people trespassing
Take his camera and throw it away. Then tell him the next time he wants to be a creep and record you in a place where you have a reasonable expectation of privacy, you will be asking the estate-agents to kick him out.
Yes it's weird but I think he's probably doing it for security purposes. Because you're not on speaking terms maybe you could ask another flatmate to ask him about the cameras? If it's making you uncomfortable maybe you could slip a polite note under his door and hopefully you can come to a compromise.
(Original post by DarthRoar)
The Data Protection Act regards data collected by organisations, businesses, or the government. Your flatmate is a private individual recording for his own non-commercial uses. Data protection laws do not apply.
That's not accurate. The law can indeed apply to private individuals who have CCTV -
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