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Video Surveillance Access Database

What is the Video Surveillance Access Database?

On January 28, 2013 a new law became effective in the State of New York that allows residential home owners and business owners to voluntarily register their video surveillance cameras for use by law enforcement agencies for the purposes of a criminal investigation. The program allows residential home owners and businesses to register their video surveillance equipment through an online form.

If I am registered, will the general public be able to see my personal information?

No, all information is held confidential and your information will only be used for internal Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES) official business and will only be shared with law enforcement, upon request, for purposes of a criminal investigation.

How will law enforcement be able to access my information? Will I be contacted by DHSES or law enforcement?

A law enforcement agent conducting a criminal investigation will request information on any video surveillance cameras that may be registered that relates to a criminal investigation. With that information the law enforcement agent will then contact those individuals to ask for permission to view, use and/or borrow the video surveillance images. The law enforcement agent will make the request through an established Division of Criminal Justice Services process.

What if I no longer wish to be registered? Can I remove my information?

At any point in time, the residential home owner or business may withdraw their information from the video surveillance access database by completing the withdrawal form. Please allow 5 business days to complete the withdrawal process.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

For more information or comments, please contact Video Surveillance Registry Administrator

Where can I go to read the law?

To read the language of the law as it was incorporated into the New York State Executive Law Article 26 please use the link below.