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Are security cameras taking away rights to privacy?

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Surveillance video got credit for helping catch two people who vandalized several planter boxes in downtown Quincy. With more security cameras going up all the time to protect property and keep you safe, are you losing some rights to privacy?
 
Chad Rodgers, Operations Director with Salvation Army Kroc Center, has cameras all over their property; but makes sure the video isn't used for the wrong reasons.

"We do limit the number of people who have access to our video footage, it's only utilized for safety purposes so if it's related to a fire or a theft or something of that nature," said Rodgers.
 
If you're on public property like a sidewalk, however, you won't have control over where that video goes.

Quincy attorney Gerald Timmerwilke says you can't have any legal expectations of privacy outside your home.

"What you do in public and what happens out in public - you're subject to being recorded and videoed," said Timmerwilke.

One Quincy resident, who lives in an apartment building with multiple security cameras, says it's important to remember why we have them in the first place.

"You don't have to worry about somebody coming, breaking into your room, or anything like that," said Antoine Starks.

While security cameras only include video, a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision declared the "Eavesdropping Act" unconstitutional. The act previously made it illegal to record conversations without the consent of all parties.
 

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