Videotaping and Photography Laws
Photographing or videotaping a person without their knowledge or consent may open you up to a lawsuit for invasion of privacy. It's a tort or civil wrong. Generally it means the intentional intrusion into the private life or affairs of another person. If you violate someone's right to privacy and cause injury, that person is entitled to sue you to recover damages.
On top of that, your videotaping or photography may be a criminal offense. It's a good idea to talk to an attorney about the laws in your area that may limit or restrict your ability to videotape or photograph people, places or things.
Public Places are Fair Game, Almost
Generally, it's perfectly legal to videotape or photograph any person and anything while on public property, except:
•You can't take pictures of areas that are usually considered private such as bedrooms, bathrooms, changing rooms, locker rooms, hotel rooms and so on
•Certain public places have banned the use of cameras such as mass transit systems, courthouses, capital buildings, secured government buildings, jails or prisons unless you obtain written permission
•You can't film or photograph if it interferes with police, fire, medical or emergency operations