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Is it possible to record Android phonecalls?

It is possible (and legal?!) to record Android phonecalls?

((Samsung Galaxy S II))

Most Useful Answer blizzard7  Oct. 11, 2011 at 20:34

Say I phoned you then convinced you that you needed to pirate a piece of software worth thousands of pounds. Just an example (I'm sure you can think of a better one), but it illustrates my point.

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blizzard7  Oct. 11, 2011 at 18:50

Not sure about phone-wise, but in the UK it is legal without informing that person, if and only if any information recorded is not passed on to a third-party.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 11, 2011 at 19:47

*Third parties exclude the police.

blizzard7  Oct. 11, 2011 at 19:53

From what I'm told, it's a bit of a gray area though. You could record someone with the intent of misleading or confusing them. Of course, if someone is harassing you by phone then that won't be a problem.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 11, 2011 at 19:59

Recording someone with the intent to mislead them regarding what? Sorry if I'm being thick, I don't quite get you :p.

If someone is harassing you, they, made the phone call, meaning you can record it with or without their permission for whatever reason you want, presumably as evidence for a criminal case.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 11, 2011 at 20:04

blizzard7  Oct. 11, 2011 at 20:34

Say I phoned you then convinced you that you needed to pirate a piece of software worth thousands of pounds. Just an example (I'm sure you can think of a better one), but it illustrates my point.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 11, 2011 at 22:29

Then you'd be guilty of conspiracy to commit copyright fraud, (I think that's what it's called, not my area of expertise, though I could look it up for you), so you then using that as evidence wouldn't stand up in court, especially as you had no proof I actually committed copyright fraud, just that I said I'd commit it, in the future. Which, is also conspiracy to commit, not the act of commiting. Basically, you'd massively shoot yourself in the foot bothering to try and record yourself convincing someone else to commit a crime, as you'd have to condone the crime during this process, or at least strongly imply condoning said crime.

blizzard7  Oct. 11, 2011 at 22:44

Ha, no you don't have to look it up, you're right. I was just giving an example where recording a phone call is a bit of a gray area. Either way, it's nice to let the person know that they're being blackma... I mean recorded if you know them. :)

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 11, 2011 at 22:55

Oh yeah, it's best to tell people, unless, for example it's a company trying to rip you off. You could then pass the evidence on to Trading Standards (or the Police), depending on what they're doing.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 12, 2011 at 09:32

anyway, plenty of apps that offer what you need - just search the market. The lite'ning ROM I used on the Samsung Galaxy S2 had a record button right there on the dial pad.

And, legally speaking: I have been in court when the judge actually recommended to a plaintiff to secretly record calls. (and no, I was not the accused :p )

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