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Legal Aspects of Recording Telephone Conversations: A Practical Guide 

Introduction

The purpose of this guide is a research of different state laws regarding recording telephone conversation. The guide addresses legal issues of taping in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada.

In the US there are both federal and state statutes governing the use of electronic recording equipment. The unlawful use of such equipment can give rise not only to a civil suit by the "injured" party, but also criminal prosecution. Although most of the statutes address wiretapping and eavesdropping - listening in on conversations of others without their knowledge - they usually apply to electronic recording of any conversations, including telephone calls.

 


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