Rules for Recording

July 16, 2015

By Vannoy Law Firm



 “One party to a telephone conversation may lawfully tape the conversation without the other's knowledge or permission and subsequently disclose it.” Mays v. Mays, 267 S.C. 490, 494, 229 S.E.2d 725, 726 (S.C. 1976).  Thus if person A and person B are on the phone, person B can record person A without person A's consent.  If someone is having a consensual call with an agent for the police or is talking with the police in person, the police officer can record that conversation without the other party's consent.  State v. Andrews, 324 S.C. 516, 479 S.E.2d 808 (S.C. App. 1996).  Absent consent, a warrant, or order authorizing a recording, it is unlawful for government under most circumstances to record a phone call they are not a party too under both State and Federal law.  See South Carolina Code Ann. Sec. 17-30-10 and 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2510.

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