Recording Laws

Do your products have microphones?

Our covert cameras are NOT equipped with any microphones. However, our non-covert cameras may come with microphones in them depending on the model of the camera.

Generally, most of the “video-only” recordings are considered legal, whether the person is aware of it or not.

Taking audio recordings without the consent of the other party is usually illegal and this is why our covert cameras don’t come with any microphones in them.

If in the event that you need audio recording and you’re going to use the device in a legal way, you can purchase wireless or wired microphone from your local electronics store. You should be able to find something that’s compatible with any of the cameras and other devices that we sell. This should work much better than opting for a camera that comes with built-in microphones.

How will you know if it’s legal to record certain situations?

It’s important to check the laws on where you live or where you plan to take the recording. To be safe, talk to a lawyer before you proceed with recording to ensure that you will not encounter any legal problem.

Depending on where you live, surreptitious recording laws are usually divided into various categories in terms of audio or video recording.

Video Recording

In most cases, taking video recordings is legal whether the persons involved consent or not.

However, there are a few laws that prohibit taking video recordings of any kind. In some areas, there are laws that deal with expected privacy, including taking videos from locker rooms, dressing rooms, changing rooms, bathrooms, adult bedrooms, and in some other areas where a higher level of personal privacy is expected.

Most of the laws that deal with issues concerning video recording allow the surreptitious monitoring and recording of certain activities under various circumstances even without the consent of the people involved.

So it’s legal to take video recordings of elder care employees, babysitters, nannies, and other video recordings taken by covert cameras without the consent of the concerned parties.

Audio Recording

Most audio recordings without the consent of all parties involved are illegal.

Taking audio recording is totally different from taking videos. There are certain state and federal laws that prohibit surreptitious audio recording and monitoring. The authorities take these laws very seriously and could result in severe consequences if you don’t abide by them.

There are two kinds of defined recording situations when it comes to audio recordings – two-party consent and one-party consent. Two-party consent is when the person who’s recording the conversation notifies all the parties involved and they agree with the recording.

One-party consent is when the person who’s recording the conversation is the only one who has to give consent and doesn’t need to notify the other party involved in the conversation that’s being recorded.

The federal law allows one-party consent for audio recording in these states:

States with “One party Consent” for audio recording

Alabama – One Party
Alaska – One Party
Arizona – One Party
Arkansas – One Party
Colorado – One Party
District of Columbia – One Party
Georgia – One Party
Idaho – One Partya
Indiana – One Party
Iowa – One Party
Kentucky – One Party
Louisiana – One Party
Maine – One Party
Minnesota – One Party
Mississippi – One Party
Missouri – One Party
Minnesota – One Party
Nebraska – One Party
New Jersey – One Party
New Mexico – One Party
New York – One Party
North Carolina – One Party
North Dakota – One Party
Oklahoma – One Party
Oregon – One Party
Ohio – One Party
Rhode Island – One Party
South Carolina – One Party
South Dakota – One Party
Tennessee – One Party
Texas – One Party
Vermont – One Party
Virginia – One Party
West Virginia – One Party
Wisconsin – One Party
Wyoming – One Party

States with “Two party Consent” for audio recording

California – Two Party
Connecticut – Two Party
Delaware – Two Party
Florida – Two Party
Hawaii – Two Party
Illinois – Two Party
Kansas – Two Party
Maryland – Two Party
Massachusetts – Two Party
Michigan – Two Party
Montana – Two Party
Nevada – Two Party
New Hampshire – Two Party
Pennsylvania – Two Party
Utah – Two Party
Washington – Two Party

It should be noted that the laws mentioned above may change so it’s best to check the current laws before you engage in any type of recording.