Video And Audio Surveillance Laws: CA

CALIFORNIA is considered an All-Party Consent State meaning you cannot record conversations unless every single person in that conversation gives consent. Under California law, it is a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment to record a confidential conversation without the consent of all parties, or without notification of the recording to the parties via an audible beep at specific intervals. In addition to criminal penalties, illegal recording can also give rise to civil damages.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

As per the Upcounsel website1,

Video surveillance laws differ greatly from state to state. There’s a total lack of federal laws prohibiting video surveillance in public, in the workplace, and elsewhere, sometimes known as CCTV, or closed-circuit television. Most states allow this surveillance to occur, but there are some small exceptions and some circumstances that require monitoring on a case-by-case basis.

 

AUDIO SURVEILLANCE

 

Federal and state laws differ as to the legality of recording phone calls and conversations. Determining which jurisdiction’s law controls in cases involving recording devices or parties in multiple states can be complex, so it is likely best to adhere to the strictest applicable law when in doubt, and/or get the clear consent of all parties before recording.

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*Information in the "Policy" section does not constitute as legal advice. Please consult an attorney for any and all legal advice.
(1) Video Surveillance Laws by State: Everything You Need to Know, https://www.upcounsel.com/video-surveillance-laws-by-state