Texas Law on Audio Recordings

Ever wonder what the law is on having a hidden microphone set up in the workplace? Sentinel has found the Texas Penal Code regarding this very subject!

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/SOTWDocs/PE/htm/PE.16.htm

Too many words for you? Sentinel has got you covered!

Basically, in Texas, it is legal to record a conversation as long as one party to the conversation consents. What does this mean for the employer? It would be a real bother to have to run around the whole office making sure everyone is talking only to you!
In our experience, the best way to follow the law and have microphones set up is to have your employees sign a consent form to being audio recorded while in the workplace. Normally, you may not need to disclose the location of any hidden microphones but some circumstances require that you do. Talk to a lawyer.

Obviously, you won't be able to install any audio or video surveillance where an individual has a right to privacy such as a restroom or locker room.

Otherwise, for any non-employees or customers that come into your building, a posted sign stating that they are under audio surveillance should be enough as they are in a public space and it is common practice that someone in public knows that they can be seen or heard.

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