I'm really dumb, but did I break the law?
March 6, 2012 9:08 PM Subscribe
I recorded a business meeting without consent. Did I do something illegal?
posted by meta x zen to law & government (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was in a business meeting yesterday, there is always a person taking minutes and we discussed introducing a tape recorder to make the minutes easier. Yesterday, the minutes women wasn't there and two key workers weren't there. I put my cellphone out on the table and recorded a voice memo. I didn't mention this out loud to the group.
My thoughtlessness was pretty stupid. Now some of my co-workers are upset. (By the way, this was a pretty boring educational session and not a controversial meeting at all.) I understand their complaints and I would have been upset too, so I have appropriately and throughly apologized.
The concern now is if I broke the law. I live and work in Pennsylvania. It is pretty clear that in phone conversation it is illegal to record a conversation without two party consent, but I'm wondering if a business meeting with all parties present is different. I placed my phone out on the table, but I don't think that counts as implied consent because it might not have been clear I was taping.
I did some googling. And I'm not getting a clear answer.
Sincerely, an idiot.