By Michael G. McCartin, Esq.

As the world becomes increasingly reliant on virtual communication platforms, the legal implications surrounding the recording of virtual meetings are becoming more pressing.  In New York, which is a hub for business and corporate activities, understanding the legality of recording Zoom or Teams meetings is essential.  This blog seeks to shed some light on the various aspects of this issue and provide clarity for users.  It was inspired by my cousin who asked me a question about the issue.  Rather than trying to scribble down her notes about a virtual meeting on the fly, she wanted to use a recording to make her notes later at her leisure.   

Privacy Laws and Consent in New York:

New York follows a “one-party consent” law.  According to this law, as long as one party participating in the conversation gives consent, it is legal to record the meeting without informing others.  In the context of a Zoom or Teams meeting, the person recording the session can be considered the one providing the required consent.  However, it is still advisable to exercise caution and inform all participants involved in the meeting in order to maintain complete transparency and avoid potential legal ramifications or even just the ruffled feathers of co-workers.

Exceptions and Ethical Considerations:

While recording a Zoom or Teams meeting may be legal in most cases, certain exceptions should be recognized.  If individuals consent to a private meeting with the expectation of confidentiality, recording the session without explicit permission could potentially violate privacy rights.  Moreover, capturing sensitive personal information, or later using the recording for illegal purposes, may lead to legal consequences.  It is therefore essential to be mindful of ethical considerations and respect others’ privacy throughout the recording process.

Employer Policies and Consent:

In a workplace setting, additional considerations come into play. For instance, employers may enforce policies regarding the recording of meetings, which employees are obligated to follow.  Employees should familiarize themselves with the policy of their company and seek explicit permission if needed, to ensure compliance with company policy.

Public Disclosure and Privacy Concerns:

Sharing or disclosing recorded Zoom or Teams meetings might also be subject to legal constraints if they contain confidential or sensitive information.  In New York State, laws protect individuals from unwarranted invasions of privacy and prohibit the dissemination of personal or private information, like HIPPA-protected material, without consent.  So it is crucial to be mindful of these factors before recording and sharing Zoom or Teams meetings, especially when dealing with personal data or discussions of a sensitive nature.


Understanding the legality of recording Zoom or Teams meetings in New York is essential for individuals and businesses operating here in the Empire State.  While the one-party consent law generally permits recording with the consent of the person making the recording, it is still essential to exercise ethical judgment and consider the expectations of privacy of all of the participants involved.  Familiarize yourself with your employer’s policies, and then implement a strategy that protects the privacy of others participating in your virtual meetings.  This way, by striking a balance between using technological advancements and the legal and ethical considerations, individuals like you can leverage the benefits of virtual communication platforms while still respecting the privacy rights of others in our digital age.