As technology presents itself in full glory, the concept of smart homes has come to play. While everything is present under the ease of one click, it may come with a cost of heightened security risks. When we talk about installing security systems in residential homes, especially surveillance cameras, we have to make a few ethical considerations to ensure that everyone’s personal space is kept intact.
In this blog we will build upon some important ethical considerations to make during the installation of surveillance systems in residential houses that not only ensure security in the premises but uphold important ethical standards.
It is important to verbally obtain consent of all residents or property owners of the house. It should be an open conversation about the purpose and location of surveillance installation. This will allow all members to raise personal inputs, concerns and other liabilities.
The purpose of surveillance should be nothing more than security. Hence, cameras should be placed on required areas where privacy is not hindered such as blind spots, entryway, driveway or other mutually decided areas.
Technology is conveniently vulnerable in forms of unauthorized access, footage misuse, multiple hacks. It is crucial to communicate access controls.
Some cameras record audio as well. This should also be well communicated across members as it can record sensitive conversations. In order to install an audio recording camera, there must be collective consent. Else, the essence of a home can be compromised.
Establish a clear timeline until the footage is needed to be stored. Set deletion intervals for removing unnecessary footage and post viewing for mere entertainment.
Striking the Balance: Privacy and Security
- Ensure that your system is protected by strong passwords. Regular change and update encryption for extra safety is recommended.
- Enable two factor authentication as a second form of verification on registered devices such as fingerprints, one-time-password (OTP) etc.
- Keep your software updated to new and required security changes.
- Choose encrypted and local data storage software in case of unauthorized hacking or breaches.
In residential settings where all household members have daily commitments or in larger homes where it’s impossible to be present everywhere at once, it becomes imperative to take necessary security steps. However, this has some serious ethical considerations.
It is, however, equally important to maintain open communication about security protocols, consent, access control and data retention timeline in order to prepare a mindful security system that benefits all.
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