Dash cam laws when using them as a static camera from home (UK)

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Just asking if anyone in the know, as any experience in using a dash cam in your home as a cctv camera, does it come under the same rules and regulations then if though its still classed as a mobile recording device. reason I am asking I've just received a complaint from some local neighbour screaming out the laws to me.
 

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What laws would they be?

If it is in your home then it for personal use, so the only relevant laws are the privacy laws, and they will apply whatever camera you use.

As long as you are only monitoring publicly accessible spaces then you should be fine, if you are looking in through neighbours windows then use some masking tape so that the windows are not visible on the video. Of course a dashcam isn't going to see any detail through windows anyway!
 

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I don't think it matters what type of camera it is, more the manner in which it's used
 
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yes due dash cams having wide lens it captures the public footpath and road outside my property. so reading up on the. ICO web site, this is not allowed with domestic cctv so I think in all fairness I could in fact be breaking some rules and regs. of course no private property windows and doors are in view.
 

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yes due dash cams having wide lens it captures the public footpath and road outside my property. so reading up on the. ICO web site, this is not allowed with domestic cctv so I think in all fairness I could in fact be breaking some rules and regs. of course no private property windows and doors are in view.
Guidelines and recommendations maybe, but not laws.

For commercial use, presumably including landlords, you would have to comply with data protection laws, but for personal use you are exempt from most of those. Obviously it is good practice to follow the guidelines anyway, and also the data protection laws where appropriate, even though you are exempt.

I think even for commercial use, it is not a problem to record a public footpath as long as you are registered and have a good reason to do it. It is what is done with the data that matters, if it is kept secure and all overwritten within a few days then there is nothing to worry about. The police like public spaces to be recorded!

Put some masking tape on the window in front of the lens if you don't want part of the image recorded.
 

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yes due dash cams having wide lens it captures the public footpath and road outside my property. so reading up on the. ICO web site, this is not allowed with domestic cctv so I think in all fairness I could in fact be breaking some rules and regs. of course no private property windows and doors are in view.
Here in the US under most jurisdictions the guiding principle is the "Reasonable expectation of privacy". The less private an area is, the less likely a reasonable expectation of privacy exists. So, surveillance cameras observing a public footpath or a (public) roadway outside one's property would be perfectly acceptable.
 
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