I was recording on my camera as I walked into the student rec center at my university and stopped recording after I was in the lobby because I had got what I needed. (I vlog on Youtube). I scanned my ID card and proceeded through the turnstiles. A student employee then stopped me and asked me to delete any photos or videos I had taken in the building because it is against their policy. I had never heard of this or specifically agreed to this policy at any time because all students are automatically members. Anyways, I tried to stand my ground and argue that, if anything is private, it would only be the area past the turnpikes and that the lobby area before them (where anyone without an access card could enter from outside) is public, and so there is no expectation of privacy. They claimed it was private. There's a bit more to the story but these are the main details. Thinking about it afterwords, they have security cameras recording the lobby. I was wondering if that had any effect on this.So my questions are, out what what I said, who is right and wrong? What is considered a public space and what is considered a private space? Can their own policies define what is and isn't public (which I later looked up online)? And then, do they have any type of authority to limit general video recording (non commercial), public or private, whether defined by them or the law? Thank you so much for your advice!
Answer by Antonio Gimbernat
Not VerifiedHawaii lawyer
Posted about 6 years ago
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