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On Youtube I have seen a lot of videos like this with car accidents in Russia recorded by in-car cameras (dashcams). Is it legal to use such a device in Germany? If an accident happens, can I use the video as a proof?

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Not sure if this is on topic here –  Bart Arondson Mar 13 '13 at 11:20
the privacy rules are different in every country and if in counry AA is legal to have a in-car camera, and I want to drive to country BB where this is not legal I would like to know if I have to remove it or just don't record –  Dirty-flow Mar 13 '13 at 11:30
I think it is legal to have a in-car camera installed while driving, not only Russia but also the US and the EU, there are several companies that will give discounts on insurance by having "black Boxes" fitted to the vehicle, These are mostly aimed at new young drivers as their insurance quotes tend to be shall we say "HIGH". I have fitted 2 HD car cameras at the front and rear in my car, these have recorded some very close calls (not with my vehicle) but with others in front of me. I have fitted camera's in my cars for a few years now, upgrading the camera's as new o –  Quee Sep 6 '14 at 6:58
"it is legal to have a in-car camera installed while driving, not only Russia but also the US and the EU" - that's a very broad statement and the law differs greatly from country to country. And the question is about Germany specifically where current court rulings are far from clear on this matter: see here (in German). –  greyshade Sep 6 '14 at 9:38
I don't understand what black boxes have to do with cameras. –  Nate Eldredge Sep 7 '14 at 4:42

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This device is legal as long as you do not publish the video. In case you want to, you need to pixelate license plates and faces. Also you are not allowed to have a specific person "in focus", meaning: You are not allowed to sit in the car and point it at specific people. Regarding your comment, having a camera in there that does not record is perfectly fine, no need to remove it.

You can present the camera in Germany in case there is an accident but the validity of the video as a proof has to be decided by the judge. So while there is no guarantee, the chances are high of course that this will help you a lot.

Be careful though: If the police takes the camera as a proof and finds you crossing red lights earlier in the video, they can take that as a proof to get you in return.

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Correct answer (coming myself from Germany): +1 –  Thorsten S. Mar 19 '14 at 12:31
Some more recent court cases (see here and here, both in German) confirm it may be legal to have a dash cam, but any sharing is prohibited - even proactive sharing with the police. Whether or not they may be of any use in court is another matter and only in the minority of cases have dashcam videos been accepted as evidence. –  greyshade Sep 6 '14 at 9:42
About the last paragraph: newer cameras records only specific clips (accidents determined by an accelerometer or user defined sections) and throw away other clips. This way the police or the court only have access to the last 5 minutes before the accident so you are safe if you cross a red light half an hour before. Anyway, my advice is never tell police you have a camera, give it to your lawyer in the case the other driver don't assume his fault. –  Ivan Oct 8 '14 at 8:10

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