LETTER – Dancer bill targets cameras in restrooms of government buildings


Cameras seem to be everywhere, but they will no longer be in restrooms in government buildings under a bill introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer.

“When it comes to cameras in the bathroom, I just think Big Brother has gone too far,” said Dancer (R—Ocean). “People expect privacy when they walk into a restroom. Cameras are necessary for security in public buildings, but there’s no need for the government to be recording in the most personal places.”

Dancer’s bill (A4808) prohibits monitoring devices in areas of public buildings where people reasonably expect privacy. In private buildings, the bill requires obvious notification that cameras are monitoring.

Similar legislation, introduced after a library patron learned she was being videotaped in the women’s room, was approved by the Iowa Senate last month.