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Is it illegal in New York State to tape record conversation between myself and my doctor, without his knowledge?

Rochester, NY |
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I live in New York State.

In my state, is is illegal to tape record an IN-PERSON conversation between myself and my doctor, without his/her knowledge?

And, can that recording be used later in a court proceeding/lawsuit?

Also, is it illegal in NYS to tape record a phone conversation without the other person's knowledge?

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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In the state of NY all that is necessary is the consent of one of the parties to a conversation, so as a result so long as youre consenting to the recording then it is legally permissible.

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It is lawful to record a telephone conversation if one is a party to the conversation or has received the consent of a party to the communication. See, People v. Lasher, 447 N.E.2d. 70, 71 (N.Y. 1983).

Check with the N.Y. Penal Law §250.00(1)

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