Recording Phone Calls and Checking Emails
In regards to recording phone calls, Georgia is a One Party Consent state. This means that, generally, a person can record their own phone calls without the consent of the person on the other end of the phone call.
(Compare to a Two Party Consent state where both/all participants must agree to the recording.) Therefore, it is generally illegal to record the telephone conversation of others when the person recording is not part of the conversation. (Georgia law allows for certain limited exceptions regarding the phone calls of minors when done by a parent.)
Generally speaking, if another personís email account is password protected it is a crime to access or attempt to access the account without the consent of the account holder. Likewise, if the email account is not password protected or is a family/ community account, then generally it would not be unlawful to access that jointly held/ jointly consented to account.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John G. Breakfield of Breakfield & Dean, LLC
John Breakfield is an attorney with Breakfield & Dean, LLC in Gainesville, Georgia. The law office of Breakfield & Dean, LLC can assist clients through out Georgia including: Hall County (Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch), White County (Cleveland), Lumpkin County (Dahlonega), Gwinnett County (Buford, Sugar Hill, Lawrenceville), Dawson County (Dawsonville), Habersham County (Demorest, Cornelia), and all of Northeast Georgia.
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