Is it unlawful to photogragh co-workers stealing fuel from the company cell site?

My company recently got information about theft by field workers at various cell

sites of the company. The executive then appointed me as a secret eye to mount surveillance at cell sites and report any theft occurrence with photo evidence. I secretly took snapshots of culprits without being noticed. I submitted my report to the executive who is now prosecuting culprits and I am to appear before the law court to testify as a prime witness. I am hence putting myself to possible cross-examination by the counsel for the accused. Can I use photographs as proof of evidence in the court of law?

Asked on September 14, 2016 under Criminal Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Any person may photograph any other person in a public location (e.g. a street, a sidewalk, a park) or on private property if given permission by the tenant or owner (e.g. if your company owns or leases the site where you took the photos, and gave you permission for--or ordered--you to take the photos). The only exception is the obvous one of no photographs in locker, changing, rest, etc. rooms. So taking the photographs was legal, and tey may be used as evidence.


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