Saturday, February 23, 2013

Filming the cops?

- Miss Lisa

Okay, I always thought that you didn't need permission here in Kalifornia, you just needed to make them aware of it.
I guess I better check the laws a little more thoroughly myself, huh?


thebronze said...

That doesn't apply in California, if there's no expectation of privacy (i.e.; in public).

Paladin said...

If you have to have "permission" from both parties, I wonder if that is only if you are doing it secretly? Like with a hidden recorder or something?

If not, I wonder how the news people get away with ambush journalism pieces where they catch some dude while he's walking to his car in a parking lot and start in with the questions and filming the whole time. Other than the laws just not applying to them, of course.

Its funny how many of the cop filming videos you see on the net start out with the cop saying "Its illegal to film me" - even though there's no such law.

Phssthpok said...


I know for a fact (personal experience, no less) that Oregon and Washington are mis-represented.

In Washington there is NO legal requirement to get permission, nor even inform a PUBLIC EMPLOYEE, IN A PUBLIC PLACE, IN THE COMMISSION OF THEIR DUTIES to record. This includes video, as well as 'just audio'.

Now some folks will point to RCW 9.73.030, 1(b) as just such a prohibition, but they will fail to note that it applies to PRIVATE conversations, which DO NOT include conversations in public places. In essence, if a third party could walk by and hear any part of the conversation, then it is NOT a private conversation.

In Oregon ORS 165.540, 1(c) requires you to 'notify' that you are recording. Permission is not required. Note that Oregon courts have ruled that a plainly visible and obvious recording device constitutes 'notification'.

hiswiserangel said...

Okay, if you have to have ALL parties consent, then how can wire-tapping be legal? Confused.

Anonymous said...

Gee what a surprise, 3 of the biggest REgressive states will arrest you for filming in a public place-knock me over with a feather.

Ronin said...

In Kali- Public recording requires no notification or permission. In the work place permission and notification is required

Anonymous said...

You always want to record things covertly and then post it via anonymous routes so that you cannot be tracked. An educated populous is the only ones who are safe. The government for the most part is stupid and will go after the obvious people to make an example of.

We are well on our way to a tyranny - these are just the first steps.