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Court hints rights abused

first_imgThe court rules within 90 days.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court hinted Thursday that Californians’ privacy rights are violated when their phone calls are secretly recorded by someone they are talking to out of state. California demands all parties to a call consent to taping. Most states don’t. During an hour of oral arguments in a telephone privacy case, a majority of the justices suggested that California’s 1967 privacy statute should require out-of-state callers to obtain a Californian’s permission to tape a call, even when it’s legal in the other state to record the conversation secretly. “We’re talking about protecting the privacy interests of Californians,” Justice Carol Corrigan said during lively debate in a case testing the reach of California’s Invasion of Privacy Act. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Corrigan said out-of-state phone users calling into California should “figure out what the law is and comply with it.” Justice Ming Chin told a lawyer representing Salomon Smith Barney Inc., which is being sued for secretly recording phone conversations in Georgia with its California customers, that people in California need to be warned they are being taped to afford them an opportunity to consent. “It’s not really a burden for you to say, `This telephone call is being recorded for efficiency purposes,”‘ Chin said. Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar and Chief Justice Ronald George made similar comments. The seven justices are confronted with a simple question: Whose rights should be protected – phone users in California, or those legally and secretly taping their California phone calls from out of state? California is one of 11 states requiring all parties to consent before a conversation is recorded. last_img