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Kansas Recording Laws

Kansas Recording Law Summary:

Kansas recording law stipulates that it is a one-party consent state. In Kansas, it is a criminal offense to use any device to record, listen to or amplify communications, whether they are wire, oral or electronic, without the consent of at least one person taking part in the communication. This means that in Kansas, you are legally allowed to record a conversation if you are a contributor, or with prior consent from one of the involved parties. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-6101(4).

This state also has a hidden camera law which forbids the recording and disclosure of intercepted images. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-6101(6).

Personal Conversations:

You may not record, listen to or amplify conversations that you are not a part of without the consent of at least one party.

If you are a third-party and require consent from the parties taking part in the conversation, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) states that you may gain consent to make a recording by:

  • Getting verbal or written consent prior to the recording being made.
  • A verbal notification being played before the conversation begins. (For example: “This phone call is being recorded for quality control purposes…”).
  • An audible beep tone being repeated at steady intervals during the duration of the conversation.

Penalties:

Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-6602: It is a misdemeanor offense to record, intercept, or share private conversations without consent. Infractions are punishable by a court fine and a maximum of one year in jail.

Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-6101: It is a felony offense to covertly record or share videos taken illegally.

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