Q&A: Recording conversations


From a Zionsville city council member:

Q: What does Indiana law say about recording a phone conversation if one of the participants is the one who is recording the conversation?

A: As long as one of the individuals involved in the phone call knows that the conversation is being recorded, it is OK and does not fall under Indiana’s wiretapping statute (IC 35-33.5-1-5).

Aside from the law, a newspaper should have a policy concerning the recording of phone calls. Thought should be given as to what circumstances would warrant the call being recorded and whether the person on the other end of the call should be informed that the call is being recorded.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.