Penna revising phone recording laws [telecom]

The front of the telephone directories always warned that a beep tone every 15 seconds indicated a call was being recorded. Phone centers that recorded phone calls (such as police dispatching) had that beep tone.

The Phila Inqr reported that the laws are being changed, which police investigators applaud. It will make it easier to get and use wiretapped evidence for criminal cases. The new law also deals with the issue of disposable cell phones.

"The bill also would afford greater protection to victims by allowing them to make secret recordings of crimes committed against them. County DA Ferman cited a Montgomery County teenager who last year recorded her own sexual abuse at the hands of her father, only to be told that the recording was inadmissible in court and that she could be charged with a crime for making it."

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