EDISON – Dozens of surveillance cameras inside the township’s police headquarters may have been recording private conversations for as long as 11 months, according to a Star-Ledger report.
The cameras, installed by Safe Life Security, included microphones that were supposed to be disabled in most areas of the police station when they were installed, according to Police Chief Thomas Bryan. “Once we were made aware that the microphones on the entire system were active, we took immediate corrective action to disable the audio microphones throughout the police department,” he said.
The Superior Officers Association, the union that represents sergeants, lieutenants and captains, has asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the state Attorney General’s Office and Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey to investigate the matter.
While phone calls or in-person conversations may be legally recorded as long as one party is aware of the recording under New Jersey law, it is illegal for someone who is not a party to the conversation to record it without permission from at least one of the participants as long as they have some reasonable expectation of privacy.
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