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Our neighbours are elderly and a bit dotty. They complain about all sorts of things, and now they’ve trained two CCTV cameras on our house – one looking directly into our bathroom! Can we force them to take them down?

I’m afraid not. Perhaps surprisingly there’s no law against pointing a camera at someone’s bathroom window. 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. Currently your best option is to obscure the window or grow something in front of the cameras on your side of the boundary.

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