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Im in Utah. My previous employer has a regular conference

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I'm in Utah. My previous employer has a regular conference call number, you just call in and punch in a code and 60-80 people join in a conference call. The code is the same for all 60-80 people, and they've never changed the code. It's been the same for several years. I joined the call, even though I'm no longer an employee, and my phone number popped up on their list of attendees. They don't ever give a warning at the beginning of the call that non-employees aren't invited to listen in, they don't say anything at all. They just start talking. Have I violated any laws by listening in?

Dwayne B. :

Hello and thank you for contacting us. This is Dwayne B. and I’m an expert here and looking forward to assisting you today. If at any point any of my answers aren’t clear please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.

Dwayne B. :

Did you learn any "secrets" or anything during this call?

Dwayne B. :

Why did you join in?

Customer:

I'm looking for your answer to my question, I don't see how I get it?

Dwayne B. :

I asked two questions that I need you to answer first.

Dwayne B. :

Did you learn any "secrets" or anything during this call?

Dwayne B. :

Why did you join in?

Customer:

No, I didn't learn any secrets or anything yet.

Customer:

and I joined in because I'm worried that my previous employer thinks I've violated some type of law

Dwayne B. :

Have you ever been informed that you shouldn't be on the call?

Customer:

no

Dwayne B. :

I cannot think of any criminal law that would be broken just by listening in.

Dwayne B. :

There is some talk of conduct like this being a "trespass" but there are no criminal laws that fit that yet.

Dwayne B. :

You can't record the call since you technically aren't a party to it.

Customer:

ok, thanks. just thought I'd check. the employer hasn't said anything to me yet, but my friends at this employer say the boss is a little ticked off. and I didn't record anything, just listened it.

Dwayne B. :

The federal laws that cover this are at http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/part-I/chapter-119

Dwayne B. :

but when you read through them none seem to fit your facts.

Customer:

ok, thanks. and I won't do it again

Dwayne B. :

You're very welcome.

Dwayne B. :

Anything else I can assist with before I exit to help others.

Dwayne B. :

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