Does any one know if it's legal to do surveillance on you own home? It getting to be time for lunch again,this time I won't lose them, I think I know where they are going.
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Legal depends on what you use it for. If it is for only your own info, then nobody will ever know about it. Thus nothing to worry about. But if you're looking for something to use in court, then you have to talk to a good local atty.
In general you should be able to surveil your own home. A nanny-cam or VAR can be placed there for general home security. Lots of people have internet connected cameras in their home to watch the kids or dogs.
Where it gets tricky is a keylogger on the computer. Chances are you would never be prosecuted if found out, but the warning I offer is if there is anything confidential your wife does, be very careful. If she has medical info, patient data, financial client info, or legal client info, then that stuff is all protected by federal and maybe state law. Also, if her computer is owned by her employer you could run into problems with them.
But, again, if you're just looking to read her emails and chat sessions for your own info, nobody is going to prosecute you even if it is probably illegal. Don't show it to anybody.
Same with a VAR. Recording a conversation usually requires at least one person, and sometimes all people, in the conversation to know about the recording. You can put a VAR where she makes private calls, but you can never tell anyone that you've done it, and you can never use the info in court. But it could inform you of what is going on.
Any data you will be using for court needs to be backed up in several secure places. You need a lawyer to help you collect data if it is for court.