In Illinois, documenting life in the era of smartphones and YouTube can result in felony charges. The little-known law could draw more attention come May 2012 as thousands of protesters descend on Chicago for the NATO and G8 summits and someone unknowingly may try to record a clash with police.
Most states allow anyone taking part in a conversation to audio record it, a policy known as one-party consent, including D.C., Iowa, New Jersey. A dozen states require both sides of a conversation to agree, including California, Pennsylvania and Washington. Here is a Summary of Consent Requirements for Taping Telephone Conversations.
According to the Post, “Illinois has an unusual version of the second type, requiring all parties in a conversation to consent. The law, enacted in 1961, only applies to recording conversations, so it is legal to record an event with the sound turned off or an event in the distance in which voices cannot be heard.”
For full article see: Illinois Eavesdropping Law Under Scrutiny As NATO, G8 Summits …
- Audio recording law under scrutiny in Illinois (seattlepi.com)
- Illinois’ Audio Recording Law Under Scrutiny (abcnews.go.com)