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Legal Topics: Recording Conversations

Statutes: (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.)

  • Minnesota Statutes Chapter 626A, Privacy of Communications.
  • 18 USC §2510, et seq.
  • Finding Cases that Interpret a Statute, from the Minnesota State Law Library.
  • Resources: (Print resources are available at the Law Library and in county law libraries around the state.)

  • Reporter's Recording Guide, from The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
  • "Applicability, in civil action, of provisions of Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, prohibiting interception of communications (18 USC § 2511(1)), to interceptions by spouse, or spouse's agent, of conversation of other spouse," 139 ALR Fed. 517.
  • Wiretaping and Eavesdropping on Telephone Calls from Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
  • There are additional ethical considerations if the recorder is a lawyer. See Opinion Barring Secret Recording of Conversations is Repealed , reprinted from Minnesota Lawyer (June 3, 2002)


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