Iowa Legislature Approves Bill Banning Public Bathroom Video Surveillance

A bill that would block government entities from putting up surveillance cameras inside the bathrooms of public buildings has passed both the Iowa House and Senate and is expected to be signed by Gov. Terry Branstad. The ACLU of Iowa had been pushing for the bill after complaints from an Iowa City woman who noticed that a camera was focused on the sink area inside the Iowa City Public Library.

Hanover Restaurant Not Guilty For Security Cameras In Bathroom

The owner of Mechanicsville, Virginia’s Calabash Seafood Restaurant and Midway Lounge is off the hook after being charged for installing surveillance cameras in the men’s bathroom. A judge found the owner, Dennis Smith, not guilty of unlawful videotaping. Smith has long maintained that he installed the cameras to stop repeated vandalism in the restroom. Smith […]

White Rock Pub Raises Eyebrows With Video Camera In Men’s Washroom

The security camera at the Sandpiper Pub is aimed at the sinks and hand-drying area of the men’s washroom. Bill Lawrence, co-owner of the pub and a White Rock councillor, says the camera housing is in plain view. The ceiling-mounted camera is not aimed at urinals or stalls. A camera in the men’s washroom at […]

High-Tech ‘Peeping Toms’ Spy On Women, Children

Piping & Core Driller Location: New York NY 10017 US Category: Engineering, Information Technology, Construction Degrees Required: 4 Year Degree Employment Type: Full-Time Manages Others: No Requirements:   MUST HAVE A CAR A college or technical school degree in Information Technology, Information Systems or Engineering preferred. Minimum one-year technical degree or equivalent from college or technical school AND 2-4 years related experience. Proficiency in a broad range of CCTV and Access Control products and security architecture. Direct field technicians in installation of cabling and device set up and wiring Ability to work with power tools and ladders. Relevant experience either through employment or personal use/activities. Proficiency in Network architecture and protocols, database management, and fiber optics. Electrical expertise including knowledge of digital electronics, AC & DC circuits and understanding of parallel and series resistor circuits and there effects SKILLS: Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills. Ability to quickly learn to use new software tools, with respect to (NVMS) Network Video Management Systems. Effective verbal and written communications skills. Team player – ability to work well in a close employee/support environment. Must be comfortable working in a dynamic environment with constant changes. Must be comfortable with travel, sometimes on short notice, and occasional after-hours support requirements.   EOE Requirements: The Technician will complete installations of Video surveillance and Access Control systems. The incumbent needs to be versed in running Cat6 and 18 gauge wiring, along with running all types of conduit through concrete walls of residential buildings to enclose the […]

Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Camera Found In Bathroom

An American Airlines 767. (Credit: American Airlines) If you were going to affix a tiny camera in an airplane bathroom, wouldn’t you remember to take it down again? Before, you know, someone found it. It seems, though, that an unknown person — for an unknown reason — taped a camera inside an airplane bathroom on Sunday and left it there. When it was discovered, the American Airlines 767 plane, which was en route from San Francisco to New York, was diverted to Kansas City, as no one at the time could identify the device. It was feared to be a bomb. As NBC News reports , it looked like a flash drive. But government officials now say it was a camera masquerading as a flash drive. That might lead some to speculation fueled by imagination. Some will utter words such as "mile," "high" and "club"; although, "high" might be sufficient. Of course, the camera might have been there before the plane had taken off and no one had noticed it. Cameras disguised as flash drives are freely available, some costing as little as $50. Some models claim to record high-definition video. On the Brickhouse Security Web site , for example, one potential benefit is described as: "Use it as a handheld mini-camera or leave it plugged into your computer while set to motion activation to catch what’s going on while you’re away." Clearly, though, if the stick was attached to a surface in the bathroom, it was likely put […]

UPDATE: Mechanicsville Restaurant Owner Arrested For Security Cameras In Bathroom

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) – The owner of a Mechanicsville restaurant is facing charges for having security cameras in the bathroom. Dennis Smith, 54, owns the Calabash Seafood Restaurant and Midway Lounge. Smith was arrested Wednesday, and charged with one count of unlawful videotaping. Smith says he’s dealt with repeated, expensive vandalism in the mens’ bathrooms of his restaurant. He says the cameras are legal, since they weren’t angled towards anyone’s private areas. However, Smith got backlash from some customers over privacy rights. Investigators seem to agree, after an investigation, and now charges. Cameras in bathrooms are legal in Virginia, according to NBC 12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin, as long as no one’s private areas are recorded. The owner’s wife says the cameras have been moved into the hallway of the restaurant. Smith is awaiting trial in Hanover County Circuit Court. Get the latest from NBC12’s Kelly Avellino on Facebook and Twitter . Copyright 2013 WWBT NBC12 .  All rights reserved.