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A neighbour has recently installed a CCTV camera which is used to film all our comings and goings. We feel this is an intrusion of our privacy. Is this legal, and if not what can we do about it?

It’s not illegal. The right to privacy contained in the Human Rights Act only protects the individual from officialdom. The police could bring a prosecution for harassment, but you would need to convince them that you could prove that your neighbours are causing you distress and alarm. The law may have to address the camera issue at some stage, since the problem is on the increase. Currently your best option may be to grow something in front of the camera on your side of the boundary.

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