New York Passes Nanny Cam Ban

NEW YORK (OCN) — Do you have hidden cameras to spy on your nanny while you are away? Come Sunday, June 1, 2008, you will have to get them removed from your home or inform your nanny of their use.

In 2007, Sophia and her husband Michael Shire installed nanny cams in their Long Island home to watch their 19-year-old nanny, Semria Samba. Samba, unknowing the cameras were hidden in the home, was caught on video partially nude and masturbating while she had phone sex with her boyfriend, Edward Gavor.

After the Shires review the footage, Mr. Shire was alledeged to have shown it to a friend who was able to make a copy to distribute on the video sharing site, YouTube.

“It’s embarrassing” says Samba. “I lost all my other nanny jobs and now these [nude] magazines keep calling me day and night to pose for them.”

Outraged, Semba contacted The Bronx white-shoe law firm of Brown Finkle and Stein and filed suit against the Shires claiming that the nanny cams were an invasion of her privacy.

The case was settled out of court in February 2008 and weeks later, Semba and other child care workers petition to The State of New York to have nanny cams use banned. After a 10 week deliberation, the law was approved and will be in effect come Sunday, June 1st.

Does your system record audio? Currently, 37 US states allows “one party consent” recording of oral communications and they are Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming along with New York.

Just a few years ago in 2006, Maryland had a similar petition for a  ban but it failed to pass. It will be interesting to see if other states will try to follow in the footsteps of New York.