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Connecticut

Reporter's Recording Guide

Last updated October 2019

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Summary

Connecticut requires at least one party’s consent to record an in-person conversation. For telephonic conversations, consent of all parties is required to avoid potential civil liability, though criminal penalties do not apply if at least one party has consented to the recording.

The state’s voyeurism law prohibits taking visual images of another person without that person’s consent or knowledge when there is an expectation of privacy.

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In-person conversations

A person not present at a conversation must obtain the consent of at least one participant before any recording can take place under the state’s eavesdropping law. Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 53a-187, -189.

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Telephone and electronic communications

The state’s eavesdropping law makes it a crime to record a phone conversation without the consent of at least one party to the call. Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 53a-187, -189.

The state also imposes civil penalties for recording telephone calls without first obtaining all parties’ consent either in writing or verbally (and recorded), or with a recorded warning that the conversation is being recorded. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-570d.

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Hidden cameras

The state’s voyeurism law prohibits knowingly photographing, filming or recording in any way another person’s image without consent where the person is unaware of the filming, not in plain view, and has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-189a.

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Criminal penalties

Violation of the state’s eavesdropping and voyeurism laws, as well as the dissemination of images in violation of the law, are all felonies punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a fine up to $5,000. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-35a, -41.

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Civil suits

Recording a telephone conversation without the consent of all parties subjects an individual to liability for damages, as well as litigation costs and attorney’s fees. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-570d(c).

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Disclosing recordings

Connecticut prohibits disseminating recorded images of another person in violation of the state’s voyeurism law. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-189b.

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