Is Surveillance Recording Prohibited On The Sabbath For Orthodox Jews?

Question is actually:

Is Surveillence Recording Prohibited On The Sabbath For Orthodox Jews?

Serious question.

Many 'normal' activities for Orthodox Jews are restricted on the Sabbath, i.e., from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. In addition, in certain cases one can not even begin a process before Sabbath that will continue thru Sabbath, even if it is not administered to during the interval. The most famous case of this is that it is prohibited to leave an oven on during Sabbath (so as to have warm food ready after fasting), even if you don't check it the whole time. (This is what I believe is the 'law', please correct). Many otherwise standard devices have been outfitted with special Sabbath modes, maybe DVR's are next.

Anyone who has tried to order from B&H's website during Sabbath will find that although search works, adding an order brings up a message saying you have to wait til after sundown Saturday to order. Whether the distinction is made because of reading vs. writing, or something else, I would be curious to know.

Finally, in trying to find 'precedent', I stumbled upon this Yeshiva link regarding unattended recording (non-cctv) on the Sabbath, which seems to take a negative view of such activities. Regardless of your opinion of such restrictions, customer facing people will do well to have at a cursory understanding of possible restrictions, (automatic doors?), that some customers may have.

Lest anyone think this is Ari-bait, of course it is, but I would think that there would be a few others that have had some issues, if not with cameras, then with access control devices, due to Sabbath laws. Anybody?

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