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Can you tell me if its legal to record a colleague at

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Hello can you tell me if its legal to record a colleague at their workplace without their consent?
Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. In what circumstances do you want to record this person, is it audio or video recording and how do you intend to use it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my husband has someone at work that he does not get on very well wit and he is always goading him it appeared today that he was recording him on his phone in order for my husband to say something to him this is why I want to know if it is legal for him to do so?
Thank you for your response. I will review the relevant information and will get back to you as soon as possible. Please do not respond to this message as it will just push your question to the back of the queue and you may experience unnecessary delays. Thank you
Yes it is generally legal to record someone even if it is without their consent. For example, it is not uncommon for victims of bullying in the workplace to record incidents on their phone or on a dictaphone, especially when there are no witnesses and they need to show what they had been subjected to. If possible I suggest only an audio recording is made as that would be less intrusive than actually taking images of the other person (or they could record a video but without focusing on faces too much).
What he should also check is whether there is a specific policy in the workplace which may restrict the making of such recordings. I presume there wouldn’t be as that is qwuite specific but nevertheless it may be best to check that (for example if the employer prohibits the use of mobile phones in the workplace and he then breaches that by using one to make the recordings).
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