Contrary to what you may have recently read on your Facebook feed, the state of Illinois’ new eavesdropping legislation will not prohibit the recording of police officers — though advocates do have other concerns about the bill.
Earlier this month, the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate both voted overwhelmingly in favor of the state’s new eavesdropping bill. The legislation is intended to replace Illinois’ previous law, elements of which were ruled unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court in March.
The previous law, deemed to be among the strictest in the nation, technically forbade any recording of anyone without consent from all parties involved. The new proposaldraws a distinction between “private” conversations and those that “cannot be deemed private,” such as a loud argument on the street. The recording of private conversations, unless there is all-party consent or a warrant, remain prohibited under the bill.
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