Regardless of which way you look at it, it’s hard to argue against the idea that nanny camera technology has come an extraordinarily long way in a relatively short amount of time. Even as recently as a decade ago, these powerful devices were incredibly expensive and, because of that, were somewhat rare. Fast forward to today and you can get a covert hidden camera capable of shooting full 1080p high definition footage for a few hundred dollars (or less) right on the Internet.Nanny Camera Privacy

Not only that, but most of these cameras can now be hidden in just about any everyday item you can imagine. There are cameras built inside everything from smoke detectors to wall clocks to USB phone chargers, desk pens and more. Truly, it’s never been easier to keep an eye on absolutely anyone you want to without their knowledge… but is that really a good idea?

Modern Day Nanny Cams and Our Privacy

With the sole exception of installing cameras in naturally private areas like bathrooms or changing rooms, there are actually very few laws around the country that govern their use. But that doesn’t make the situation any less murky for everyone involved. Part of this has to do with the fact that technology is changing faster than our laws can keep up with. Every time a new law is passed, it’s essentially irrelevant six months later as the very concept of this type of surveillance has once again been re-defined.

The laws that do exist tend to vary wildly by the state. Utah is a one-party consent state, for example, meaning that you can record anyone you want so long as “one person” has given consent. If you’re the person who owns and installs the camera in your own home, your own consent would absolutely count in that situation. But at that point, what becomes of the right to privacy of the person you’re going to be watching? If it sounds like it would be more or less nonexistent, you’re absolutely right about that. Even most wiretapping laws don’t apply to this type of situation because they only cover audio recordings.

Some analysts even say that this type of technology is negatively impacting human relationships. If someone suspects that you might be spying on their every move, they’re far less likely to trust you — and will likely change their behavior accordingly. Likewise, one nanny recently spoke to an Omaha, Nebraska publication and said that she wouldn’t consider working for a family that used the cameras at all. Her argument is a simple one: If a family trusts her that little, why should she, in turn, trust them with her income?

None of this is to say that there aren’t several legitimate reasons why you would want to install a nanny camera inside your home. If you suspect someone might be stealing from you and you want to catch them in the act in a way that also allows you to turn over your collected evidence to the proper authorities, a nanny camera would be the way to do it.

It’s just that as the technology itself has grown more powerful and more affordable, we’ve entered something of a slippery slope in the worst possible way. Even if you go beyond the ethical implications of installing these cameras, you also have to worry about your own privacy should the device fall into the wrong hands. If your nanny camera is also streaming on the Internet, all it would take is one weak password for someone halfway around the world to turn the tables and start spying on YOU.

In the end, all of this serves as an essential reminder of just how fragile our privacy has become in the last few years. If anything, this is a topic that we will all have to return to on a regular basis for the foreseeable future to see how public opinion might change.