August 1, 2012

Summary of statute(s): Connecticut requires at least one party’s consent to record an in-person conversation, and the consent of all parties to a telephonic conversation. 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.

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, -89.

Electronic communications: It is illegal to record a telephone conversation in Connecticut without the consent of all parties to the call. Consent should be given prior to the recording, and should either be in writing or recorded verbally, or a warning that the conversation is being taped should be recorded. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-570d.

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

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 one to five years. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-35a.

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 fees. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-570d(c).

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