A nanny in Istanbul, Turkey was caught slapping a baby on a hidden camera.
The parents, a 37-year-old businessman named only as S.E. and his wife, M.T.E, had noticed bruises on their child’s body, reports the Daily Mirror. Suspecting their nanny might be abusing their child, they installed surveillance cameras in their home to spy on her.
Ukrainian native Nadia Shapoval, 54, was seen on the video shoving the child roughly into a high chair and slapping its face. But Shapoval had already been fired for other reason by the time the video evidence was discovered.
The couple went to the police and filed a complaint against the nanny, who had since disappeared. Following a neighbor's tip, it was learned that Shapoval had a friend in the town of Marmaris, Turkey, more than 400 miles away.
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S.E. drove to Marmaris, and with the help of local police, he found Shapoval, who reportedly broke down in tears when confronted. She was arrested by police, who did not indicate whether or not she had been charged. Police said she would be brought before a court.
In the U.S., the legal implications of using nanny cams are explained by Ken LeMance, an attorney and the managing editor of the website LegalMatch.
It is currently legal in every state to make a video-only recording of anything happening at your home, at any time, without informing anyone. The fact that the camera is hidden has no effect on this concept. If your camera is video only (no sound is recorded), then you can do whatever you like with it, in your own home (but be careful about accidentally recording things beyond that, like the street in front of your yard).
The phrase "video-only" is the determining factor, as LeMance goes on to explain: "Audio recordings are a different story. While some states have no special laws regarding these either, it is illegal to record someone's voice without their permission in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington State."
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The fact that most nanny-cams are wireless can cause privacy problems for the user, as LeMance points out:
You should be careful to note, however, that since most nanny-cams are wireless cameras, which transmit from the camera to a base (usually a television or computer), the signals can easily be intercepted. Unless the camera is very sophisticated and includes some form of signal scrambling, the camera's images can be picked up quite easily from up to a quarter-mile away with very basic equipment. This is all the more disturbing because there is little to no law against this sort of interception.
Current wire-tapping laws only provide protection for audio wiretapping, so quite literally anyone with the desire and $200 worth of equipment could use your own camera to spy on your house with legal impunity.