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Do you know if it is legal in PA for a business (pizza shop)

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Do you know if it is legal in PA for a business (pizza shop) to install a security camera that also records audio?
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Loren replied 10 months ago.

Would the camera be recording in customer areas or areas only the employees are?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
In customer areas
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Only in customer areas
Expert:  Loren replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information.

Audio recording is not permitted without the consent of all parties being recorded. So, it is not permissible to have a security system recording audio.

Video is ok so long as it is out in the open, or there are signs indicating there is a video system recording.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Would posting a sign that audio is being recorded qualify as consent?
Expert:  Loren replied 10 months ago.

That may be ok because the law does not cover oral communications when the speakers do not have an "expectation that such communication is not subject to interception under circumstances justifying such expectation." Therefore, you may be able to record in-person conversations occurring in a public place without consent.

Expert:  Loren replied 10 months ago.

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