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Pennsylvania Recording Laws

Pennsylvania Recording Law Summary:Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania recording law stipulates that it is a two-party consent state. In Pennsylvania, it is a criminal offense to use any device to record communications, whether they’re wire, oral or electronic, without the consent of everyone taking part in the conversation. This means that in Pennsylvania you are not legally allowed to record a conversation you are taking part in unless all parties are in agreement. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5704 (West 2012).

Personal Conversations:

You may not record conversations without the consent of all involved parties.

However, Pennsylvania law does make an exception in cases where the person or people communicating are doing so in an environment where they should not be under the expectation of privacy. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5702.

Penalties:

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5703: The recording and disclosure of oral or electronic communications between parties who were under a reasonable expectation of privacy without the consent of all involved is a felony offense

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