Are dash cameras legal for citizens to use?

Asked on September 22, 2015 under Accident Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, a citizen can have a dash camera video only no sound, the same way that a citizen can use a cell phone camera to videotape other people, and even the police. If you misuse the camera in some way e.g. somehow get footage of an undressed minor and post that footage or the camera blocks your view driving and is a hazard, you could face consequences for those things but having a camera mounted on you dash is generally legal.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.