Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Court Rules on Neighbourly Dispute over Security Cameras

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Court Rules on Neighbourly Dispute over Security Cameras

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N.S. court rules on row over security cameras

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SYDNEY, N.S. - A Nova Scotia judge says it's not the court's place to enforce good manners in ruling on a case that pitted a homeowner's interests in monitoring her property with security cameras against her neighbour's privacy concerns.

Provincial court Judge Peter Ross found Joan O'Connor not guilty of committing mischief for installing security cameras around her property in Sydney, N.S., that captured some views of her neighbour's home.

According to court documents, Stephanie Ayre says she lost some of the enjoyment of her property after noticing the security cameras O'Connor had installed in the summer of 2016, and feared she was the target of O'Connor's interest.

The documents say Ayre was concerned the cameras were recording the interior of her home and images were being shared on social media, which contributed to her decision to separate from her partner and leave the property last July. …

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