Invasion of property rights by police officers using body worn cameras

Research Institution / Organisation

Ulster University

Principal Researcher

Tim Hedgley

Level of Research


Project Start Date

June 2020

Research Context

The right to property is enshrined in article 1 of Protocol 1 to the ECHR. It is among the most frequently violated Convention rights, third only to the right to speedy trial and the right to fair trial. 

Also the right to privacy has on many occasions been breached by organisations around the world. 

As an ex police officer, I am concerned many Police Forces and some in the UK are now using BWC's to record the contents of people's homes, effectively searching their property without consent and in some cases officers are making recordings of conversations, and telephone calls without notifying the homeowners that such recordings are taking place.  

Some UK Police Forces routinely make recordings of conversations and appear to be carrying out unauthorised searches of properties using their body worn cameras.

This dissertation will be used to gain an understanding of underlying reasons why police are not aware of the potential seriousness of using such devices in this way and to explore their thoughts and motivations behind doing so. 

It will hopefully provide an insight into the potential problems of using a body worn camera without the composite knowledge for its lawful use, and protect police officers from claim hunters.

Research Methodology

​Qualitative research will be used in this dissertation.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

September 2020
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