40:48-1.7 Private outdoor video surveillance camera registry.
2. a. A municipality may enact an ordinance to establish a private outdoor video surveillance camera registry and to allow any person who owns a private outdoor video surveillance camera on a residential or business property in the municipality to voluntarily register the camera with the municipal police department or force for the purpose of assisting law enforcement investigations of criminal activity that occurred within the vicinity of the camera's location. The ordinance shall provide that registration of a camera does not constitute a waiver of any rights granted under the Constitution of the United States or the State of New Jersey.
b.The municipal ordinance shall require the following information to be included in the private outdoor video surveillance camera registry:
(1)the name of the person who owns the camera;
(2)the most recent contact information, including the street address and telephone number of the person who owns the camera;
(3)the street address of the residence or business where the camera is installed;
(4)the number of cameras located at the residence or business;
(5)the outdoor areas recorded by the camera;
(6)the means by which the camera's footage is saved or stored, and the duration of time for which the footage is saved or stored; and
(7)any additional information the municipality deems necessary.
c.Information stored in the municipal registry pursuant to subsection b. of this section shall be available for the exclusive use by law enforcement officials to investigate criminal activity within the vicinity of the camera's location. Information stored in the registry shall not be considered a public record pursuant to P.L.1963, c.73 (C.47:1A-1 et seq.), P.L.2001, c.404 (C.47:1A-5 et al.), or common law concerning access to public records and shall not be discoverable as a public record by any person, entity, or governmental agency, except upon a subpoena issued by a grand jury or a court order in a criminal matter.
d.A State, county, or municipal law enforcement agency may contact a person whose information appears in the municipal registry established pursuant to subsection a. of this section, in order to request access to any camera's footage which may assist an investigation of criminal activity that occurred within the vicinity of the camera's location. A person who registers a camera with a municipal police department or force shall not be required to submit the camera's footage to a law enforcement agency, unless otherwise required by law.
e.As used in this act, "private outdoor video surveillance camera" or "camera" means a device installed outside a residence or business, which, for security purposes, captures footage of an area outside the residence or business.
L.2015, c.152, s.2.
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