Suffolk County, NY
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 11-19-2002 by L.L. No. 25-2002 (Ch. 486 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Victims' rights — See Ch. 830.
Identity protection — See Ch. 971.
834a Uncod LL Pro

§ 834-1 Legislative intent.

A. 
This Legislature hereby finds and determines that there have been revelations of recent incidents of spying on and recording with a video camera persons in public bathrooms and dressing rooms.
B. 
This Legislature further finds that these revelations have caused the public much concern regarding an invasion of privacy.
C. 
Therefore, the purpose of this chapter is to enforce the prohibition on the use of video cameras in bathrooms and dressing rooms in places frequented by the public, such as stores and restaurants.

§ 834-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
TWO-WAY MIRROR OR OTHER VIEWING DEVICE
A mirror, peep hole, mechanical viewing device, camera, or any other instrument or method that can be utilized to surreptitiously observe a person.
VIDEO CAMERAS
Any camera or mechanical object that will record and make videotapes.

§ 834-3 Prohibitions.

A. 
Pursuant to § 395-b(2-a) of the New York General Business Law, a person is guilty of unlawfully installing or maintaining a video recording device when, being the owner or manager of any premises, he or she knowingly permits or allows such a device to be installed or maintained in or upon such premises, for the purpose of surreptitiously recording a visual image of the interior of any fitting room, rest room, toilet, bathroom, washroom, shower, or any other room assigned to guests or patrons in a motel, hotel, or inn.
B. 
Pursuant to § 395-b(2) of the New York General Business Law, a person is guilty of unlawfully installing or maintaining a two-way mirror or other viewing device when, being the owner or manager of any premises, he or she knowingly permits or allows such a device to be installed or maintained in or upon such premises, for the purpose of surreptitiously observing the interior of any fitting room, rest room, toilet, bathroom, washroom, shower, or any room assigned to guests or patrons in a motel, hotel, or inn.

§ 834-4 Enforcement.

A. 
Any violation of § 834-3 of this chapter shall constitute a violation that may be enforced by the Attorney General of the State of New York or by the appropriate attorney of any other political subdivision as shall be designated by the governing body of such political subdivision.
B. 
The Suffolk County Department of Law is hereby designated as the appropriate attorney for Suffolk County to enforce § 834-3 of this chapter and §§ 395-b(2), 395-b(2-a), 395-b(4), and 395-b(5) of the New York General Business Law.

§ 834-5 Applicability.

A. 
This chapter shall apply to any actions occurring on or after the effective date of this chapter.
B. 
This chapter shall not apply to:
(1) 
Public correctional or custodial facilities, or public or private medical facilities which are used for the treatment of persons pursuant to medical directive; or
(2) 
Public or private treatment facilities which are used for the treatment of persons who are committed or are voluntarily confined to such facility or are voluntarily receiving treatment thereat; or
(3) 
Facilities operated by any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency; or
(4) 
Private dwellings.