*Connecticut Recording Laws

Connecticut Recording Law Summary:

Connecticut can be considered as both a one party state and two party state. This is because there are different laws for in-person conversations and telephone conversations. Read on for more information.

Connecticut recording law stipulates that at least one party’s consent is required to record an in-person conversation. Failure to comply with this law is regarded as eavesdropping. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-187(a)(2).

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-570d(a) Connecticut recognizes civil actions concerning illegal recording of private telephonic communications. Under this law, a telephone conversation is recorded illegally if the following conditions are not met:

  • Consent of all parties involved in the communication is obtained in writing before the recording is done or as part of the recording at the start of the recording.
  • Recording includes verbal notification which is recorded at the beginning of recording and is part of the communication.
  • Use of automatic tone warning device during the recording.

Personal Conversations:

You may not record in-person conversations that you are not present for without the consent of at least one involved party. Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 53a-187, -89.

Connecticut Video Recording Laws

It is illegal to maliciously photograph, film or record images of another person without the consent or knowledge of the person being recorded:

  • When the person is not in plain view.
  • While the person is inside a dwelling.
  • In situations where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
  • With the intention of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of such person or any other person.

For example, if you have a security camera, you are not allowed to point it at your neighbor’s backyard or living room window because these are areas where he or she has a reasonable expectation of privacy. It is also illegal to record a person’s intimate parts without the consent and knowledge of that person and also while such intimate parts are not in plain view. Conn. Gen. Stat. 53a-189a

Penalties:

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-570d(c): Persons who illegally record telephonic conversations may be liable to the aggrieved individuals for damages and litigation costs including reasonable attorney’s fee.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-189: Eavesdropping (wiretapping or mechanical overhearing) in Connecticut is classed as a Class D felony which carries a sentence of 1 to 5 years.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-188: Tampering with private communications by obtaining contents of a private communication without the consent of the sender or receiver or by divulging the contents or nature of a telephonic or telegraphic communication to another person is considered a Class A misdemeanor which a carries a sentence of up to 1 year in jail.

Conn. Gen. Stat. 53a-189a(b): Violating Connecticut’s video recording laws is considered as voyeurism which is classed as a Class D felony for a first offense, Class C felony for subsequent offenses and Class C felony for a first offense if the offender has a previous felony conviction or if the victim is under 16 years. Class D felonies carry a sentence of 1 to 5 years while Class C felonies carry a sentence of 1 to 10 years.

Conn. Gen. Stat. 53a-189b: Anyone who spreads voyeuristic material may be found guilty of a Class D felony.

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