It seems like every business has multiple video cameras setup to record employee and customer interactions. These cameras are completely out in the open for everyone to see. But could a business also use hidden cameras which would not be evident? There are many spy cam devices that record video but look like ordinary objects like clocks, smoke detectors, etc. Could a business utilize hidden cameras to record video when people didn’t think they were being recorded? Obviously they couldn’t put it in the bathrooms or anything, but what about putting spy cams in offices, supply areas, display racks, etc to try and catch people when they didn’t think they were being recorded?
I’ve always assumed that the exposed video cameras were allowed because the individual can see the camera and decide to leave if they didn’t want to be recorded. If the camera is hidden, then the individual does not have the opportunity to make that decision. But legally speaking, does that make any difference? Is a business free to record video in any manner they chose on their own property even if the cameras are not visible?