Questions regarding audio monitoring and the law are one of the most frequent inquiries we receive from our customers. Under U.S. law, audio monitoring is legal as long as there is no expectation of privacy amongst those being monitored, and state laws are quite similar.
As such, we work closely with our customers to ensure that our audio security products are used overtly and in compliance with all laws. If you have legal concerns regarding audio, we recommend verifying this information with an attorney.
For consumers today, audio is an integral part of their everyday lives, from voice command virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Home units, to smart phone applications. In security, audio is being increasingly adopted to verify alarms, enhance communications, and provide an added layer of protection. As societal expectations and overall comfort with audio have evolved, the security industry has also progressed to confirm the importance of audio in the total security solution.
U.S.C. 18, Chapter 119, Sec. 2511(d)
- It is not unlawful to monitor oral communication when
prior consent is given
- Consent may be express or implied
Expectations of Privacy
There cannot be an expectation of privacy if there are public
signs posted indicating the communication is being monitored
Given through facts, actions, or even by silence
Reasonably understood that consent is inferred
It is expected an objecting person is supposed to behave or
respond in a certain manner
Know state and local laws where the technology is applied
Responsibility in the application of the law
- Owner, installer, integrator, resellers, and distributors
U.S. Federal Law
The information in this presentation is based on the interpretations
and opinions of the author and is for Industry information purposes
This is NOT legal advice
Do not rely solely on this information without verifying with
- Your legal counsel/attorney.