Skip to comments.Is it illegal to live stream a phone call without permission???
Posted on 10/28/2008 7:45:44 AM PDT by Robe
Is it illegal to live stream a phone call without permission?.. Someone (I won't name yet) called a Senators Office and live streamed a conversation with an intern with out telling the intern he was online. Now, I know it's unethical but is it a crime????
Laws will vary state by state.
Recording a call without the other person’s knowledge is illegal in many states but I think not all.
Depends on if the law is one or two party consent.
The legality varies from state to state.
The Senator’s office was in DC and the call originated in SC
Depends on the state. I guess you could call the FCC and ask.
>Recording a call without the other persons knowledge is illegal in many states but I think not all.
I thought it was OK as long as one party had knowledge of the recording.
Since you called a public official’s office, there might be a defense that a public official has no right to privacy regarding his official duties.
Don’t worry about it. If you upload it to YouTube...just use a proxy.
In Florida it is, but “live streaming” is not recording, it’s more like broadcasting via internet. Like a conference call or a speaker phone in a room full of people listening in........
Is streaming actually recording the conversation? I don’t think so. it’s just like leaving the speaker phone on and allowing others to hear it.
If others record it, you have no control over that.
It depends on the state, but most state laws covers the recording the call. So live streaming may not be covered.
in most states, if a conversation occurs between two parties, A & B, and A or B records it; that’s fine. if a person, not involved in the conversation, records the conversation without the consent of A or B, you have problems.
“I will pass your comments along to the Senator. Thank you.”
Provided that this PDF is updated & correct, one party consent to phone conversation recording is legal in SC, so no worries.
It’d be a felony in Florida if you didn’t have the consent of the other party to the call.
The key point of these laws is the expectation of privacy on the part of the other party to the call, so any difference between live streaming and recording is not much of a distinction.
Radio stations do it all the time. I’ve never heard of anyone of them getting sued for not informing the person they humiliate prior to airing the call.
Exactly. Totally depends on the state. In some only one party needs to know it’s being done, in others both do.
There may be no law settled on the matter.
That’s because they presumably get their permission beforehand.
In this instance, they would be. S/he is working in a public official's office. Whether they are getting paid is irrelevant.
Yep, against the law.
full disclosure, and “you’re on the air” must preceed a broadcast telephone call.
Most states are “One Party” states, where if one party consents to recording it is legal. DC and SC are both “One Party” jurisdictions. Crossing state lines the Federal requirement - again “One Party” could apply. The recording is legal. you can also say something silly at the beginning like “for training and quality purposes calls may be randomly recorded” and you are covered basically anywhere.
One could easily gather fun conversations from a campaign staff using a homemade esn grabber carried to campaign events and then setting up automated equipment to record calls to the captured esn’s.
It’s pretty easy to clone an old cell phone to someones esn and automatically record their phone calls. You can find full details on the net if you look for it. Best bet would be to post to a usenet server via an anonymizing chain while using an open public wifi access point so it can’t be traced to you and then just reference the publicly available recording on a blog posting made anonymously.
You need above average intelligence to pull off stuff like this and not leave clues to your identity...so it’s not for the average Joe to play with. Without detailed planning you will leave a trail any investigator can follow to your door. There are just so many tracks we make while doing anything in this technological age.
There are so many fun things one could do...alas I’m saddled with a strong moral code and therefore left out of all the fun.
Now you have all of us wondering....if you’re worried about the actual conversation then at least transcribe it into writing and let us know...that might make us REALLY WANT TO GET THE REAL AUDIO OUT!!!!!
I think they pled out in that case and McDermott owes Boehner a boatload of money in a decision upheld by the USSC.
Not with prank/crank calls. However, our local station does require the person requesting the crank to sign a form that says if the station gets sued, the crank requestor gets sued along with them.
I think most of those calls are recorded in advance and they get permission to broadcast them after the call. It's a smart move.
28 is correct ONLY if broadcast LIVE over an FCC licensed US radio or television station. Once you make a single party consent recording (you consented, right?)it is yours to disseminate however you choose. Uploading via a proxy is still good, because, like Joe the Plumber, you may end up a celebrity yourself.
I would say that since the call was from/to a PUBLIC SERVANT acting in their official capacity that a right to privacy is not to be expected. Upload it and post it on youtube.
If you put it up on YOUTUBE, try to put some video with it, such as captioning the words...will make it more effective.
It’s a USC title 18 violation and is generally a felony.
I’m not a lawyer though, so don’t take my word for it!
Some states require notice to the second party, but many (most?) do not.
The U.S. federal law allows recording of phone calls and other electronic communications with the consent of at least one party to the call. A majority of the states and territories have adopted wiretapping statutes based on the federal law, although most have also extended the law to cover in-person conversations. 38 states and the D.C. permit recording telephone conversations to which they are a party without informing the other parties that they are doing so.
12 states require, under most circumstances, the consent of all parties to a conversation. Those jurisdictions are California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington.
It is illegal under all jurisdictions to record calls in which one is not a party.
A complete state-by-state set of regulations regarding telephone call recording may be obtained in the following report published by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:
(Google is a wonderful thing: “south carolina phone call recording law”)
>Some states, such as CA, require both parties to be notified.
Does where the call originates affect which state’s laws apply? Or do Both states’s laws apply?