Telephone recording laws are laws that govern the civilian recording of telephone conversations by the participants. Recording by government or law enforcement (wiretapping) are usually covered by distinct laws.

Telephone tapping is strictly regulated in many countries, “especially in all developed democracies, to safeguard the privacy of telephone users.” Telephone tapping often must be authorized by a court, and is normally only approved when evidence shows it is not possible to detect criminal or subversive activity in less intrusive ways;[citation needed] often the law and regulations require that the crime investigated must be at least of a certain severity.[citation needed] In many jurisdictions however, permission for telephone tapping is easily obtained on a routine basis without further investigation by the court or other entity granting such permission. Illegal or unauthorized telephone tapping is often a criminal offense. However, in certain jurisdictions such as Germany, criminal courts may accept illegally recorded phone calls without the other party’s consent as evidence.


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