Maine Call Recording Law

Below is a section of the Maine State Statutes that we believe apply to recording phone conversations. This information is not intended as a substitute for legal counsel.

From the Maine State Code

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 15, § 709: Interception of wire and oral communications is a "Class C" crime under the state criminal code, and an interceptor is someone other than the sender or receiver of a communication who is not in the range of "normal unaided hearing" and has not been given the authority to hear or record the communication by a sender or receiver.

Disclosure of the contents of intercepted communications, knowing the information was obtained by interception, is a violation of the criminal code as well. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 15, § 710.

Anyone whose communications have been intercepted can sue for civil damages and recover the greater of $100 a day for each day of violation or actual damages, and also attorney fees and litigation costs. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 15, § 711.

A hidden cameras law makes it a "Class D" crime to use a camera to view or record a person in a private place, "including, but not limited to, changing or dressing rooms, bathrooms and similar places," or in a public place if one views any portion of another person’s body "when that portion of the body is in fact concealed from public view under clothing." Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 17-A, §511.

Important Notice

It is always best to talk with an attorney if you have questions about the legal implications of recording calls in your state. We hope this information will serve as a general guide, and is not intended to substitute for expert legal counsel.

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