Homeowners: Ring Doorbells

Dated: June 22 2022

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Ring doorbells are very popular among homeowners. In a freestanding home that is not part of an HOA community, a Ring camera captures the audio and video of passersby on the street. This is a public area without an expectation of privacy.
In contrast, in a condominium building, a Ring doorbell creates a litany of legal privacy concerns. Here are just a few examples:

·         Installing a Ring doorbell may involve making alterations to the common area in the hallway outside of the unit. Most condo boards do not permit this. Moreover, the Ring camera will record footage of the hallway, a common area. Most condo boards do not allow individual owners to capture footage of the common area for their personal use.

·         If a condo owner has a neighbor who lives directly across the hall, the camera will record the interior of the neighbor’s unit every time the neighbor opens open their door. While this alone is a privacy violation, let’s take it one step further: imagine there is an undressed person in the room that the camera records. This would fall under Florida’s law against voyeurism, which is a felony offense[1].

·         Ring doorbells also capture audio. This means that even if the neighbors’ doors are shut and locked, a condo owner can still be recording their neighbors’ private conversations. According to Florida law, recording a private conversation without permission is a felony offense[2]

[1] The Florida Legislature. Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine (state.fl.us). Accessed March 25, 2022.
[2] The Florida Legislature. Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine (state.fl.us). Accessed March 25, 2022.

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