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Caught on Camera

Video surveillance may reduce embezzlement, but is it an invasion of privacy?

California
State:
Hernandez v. Hillsides, Inc., 97 Cal.Rptr.3d 274 (Cal. 2009)

Churches are experiencing embezzlement at an alarming rate. Sometimes, church leaders who suspect embezzlement install hidden video cameras in an attempt to identify the embezzler. A camera may be hidden in a room that is used by volunteers to count offerings, or it may be in the office of a church bookkeeper or other employee who is suspected of embezzling funds. Can the use of hidden cameras expose a church to liability for "invasion of privacy"? If so, how can this risk be reduced? These questions were addressed by the California Supreme Court in a recent case.

A California case. A nonprofit church-affiliated organization (the "employer") operated a residential facility for abused children, including the victims of sexual abuse. Many of the children had been exposed to or participated in child pornography. ...

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  • September 1, 2010

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