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Q. CAN I RECORD POLICE?

A. Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Law makes this question a bit tricky. It is illegal in Pennsylvania to audio record any private conversation without all parties to the conversation consenting. This makes using cell phones with audio capacity subject to this law. However, you have the right to videotape and audiotape police officers performing official duties in public. It is not a violation of the Pennsylvania Wiretap Law to do so. That means you can record an officer during a traffic stop, during an interrogation, or while he or she is making an arrest. Never record a telephone conversation without the permission of all parties to the conversation.