Recording Phone Call and In-Person Conversations: Is It Legal?

Recording Phone Call and In-Person Conversations: Is It Legal?

The first thing to remember when considering the legality of using an app like ,Pyngby to record a phone call or in-person conversation is:

It depends.

The most important consideration is whether you need consent to record from all the people on the phone call or in the conversation. According to U.S. Federal law, you need permission from only one of the people participating in the call or conversation. Most U.S. states follow Federal law on this.

But complicating things, eleven states don’t, and instead require that all parties to the call or conversation have to give permission to be recorded. These states are: California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Also keep in mind the situation can get tricky when recording phone conversations where each party is in a different state with different consent rules.

So, to be safe, always get the consent of all involved parties when recording a call or conversation.

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  • Cherie White
    By Cherie Reply

    Awesome article! The laws are indeed sticky when it comes to recording phone calls and in person conversations. I found this out the hard way when I was a freshman in high school after I attempted to take a pocket recorder to school to record the vicious bullying that I was suffering. When it was accidentally discovered by school staff, I was reprimanded for having the tape player (it was the late 80s). Soon after, word of the recorder got back to the bullies and I was physically attacked.

    • By Jaylynn Reply

      It’s a joy to find sonmeoe who can think like that

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