How to safely record online meetings with Krisp

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There are plenty of apps available to help you record online meetings. In this article, we’ll go into the details of the legality of recording meetings and how different states handle it.

Disclaimer: This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for legal advice. You should take necessary measures, including consulting your own legal advisors, in order to comply with applicable laws.

 

Is it legal to record online meetings?

Yes, you can legally record meetings. You might want to record your meetings for multiple reasons: record your scrum meetings and share it with your team, record customer interviews so that you can later analyze them, etc.

It's always best practice to notify the participants of the meeting about your intention and how the recording is going to be used. Getting the consent of the meeting participants before recording will save everyone hassle.

It's also a good idea to check the country-specific laws and regulations. When you do your research, pay attention to your country's consent requirement - i.e., whether one party's consent is sufficient to make recording lawful, or whether you need to get all parties' consent.

 

The one-party and all-party consent

One-party consent for recording means you can record an online meeting or conversation so long as you are a party to the conversation. If you are not a party to the conversation, you can record a conversation or online meetings only if at least one party consents and has full knowledge that the communication will be recorded.

All-party consent suggests that all parties of the call should consent to be recorded.

 

How can I get the consent of the call participants?

The best way to document that you have obtained consent is to record the consent along with the call or conversation. As a practical matter, this will require :

  • notifying the person you intend to record about your intent to record;
  • getting consent off-the-record;
  • starting the recording;
  • then asking the person to confirm on the record that they consent to the recording.

Keep in mind to ask the call participants who join the call with a delay.

Another way of getting the consent can be notifying the call participants that the call will be recorded in the invitation to the meeting.

In any case, it is always preferable to state what the recording will be used for. That can be note-taking, archiving, training purposes, etc.

 

Penalty for violating recording laws

A person who violates the law prohibiting the secret recording of conversations will face the penalty prescribed by the country's law. Virtually every US state imposes some criminal penalty for violations of its secret recording law. For example, a person violating California’s law faces a possible misdemeanor conviction, a one-year prison sentence, and a $2,500 fine. (Cal. Penal Code § 631.)

By accepting Krisp Terms of Use, you agree to be responsible for getting consent from the participants of the meeting.

US laws for meeting recording

Depending on the state you are initiating the meeting from, one-party or all-party consent is needed.

One-Party Consent States

Alabama Kentucky Ohio
Alaska Louisiana Oklahoma
Arizona Maine Rhode Island
Arkansas Minnesota South Carolina
Arkansas Mississippi South Dakota
District of Columbia Missouri Tennessee
Georgia Nebraska Texas
Hawaii New Jersey Utah
Idaho New Mexico Virginia
Indiana New York West Virginia
Iowa North Carolina Wisconsin
Kansas North Dakota Wyoming

 

All-Party Consent States

These states clearly or potentially require consent from all parties under some or all circumstances:

California Maryland New Hampshire
Connecticut Massachusetts Oregon
Delaware Michigan Pennsylvania
Florida Montana Vermont
Illinois Nevada Washington

 

Find more info about the laws of each state before considering recording a meeting.

Canada laws for meeting recording

According to section 183.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada, you can record any meeting as long as at least one person in the conversation consents to the recording taking place.


FAQ about recording safely with Krisp


Am I responsible for getting consent when making recordings through Krisp?

By accepting our Terms of Use, you agree to be responsible for getting consent from the participants of the meeting. 

What if I am recorded through Krisp but didn’t give my consent beforehand?

It's the responsibility of the person who records to get the consent of the other parties. If, however, you are part of a conversation recorded without your consent:

We will take the recording down until we investigate it.

What if a recording including my voice went viral on the net without my consent?

It's the responsibility of the person who records to get the consent of the other parties before sharing a recording where they are involved. If, however, you are part of a conversation recorded and/or shared without your consent:

We will take the recording down until we investigate it.

How can I prevent the public recording from being shared forward?

At the moment, the way to stop the recording from being undesirably shared forward is by making it private. We are working on mechanisms to make the sharing more personalized. 

How safe is it to keep my recordings in the Krisp cloud?

Our Security page provides details on how recordings are securely stored in the Krisp cloud.

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