Will my Skype calls be recorded?

Video chat: Skype can now record calls

What other nice examples did your colleague mention in the video conference? And how cute were the grandson's first clumsy steps in the last Skype call?

With the new recording function for the current Skype versions for PC, Mac and mobile devices, all of this can be checked again quickly. Only Windows 10 users have to wait a few more weeks for it.

Skype will indicate the recording at the beginning of a call

The function called Call Recording allows the recording of voice and video calls. In video calls, the screens of all participants are recorded, as well as split screens. The saved recordings end up in Microsoft's online storage and remain available for 30 days, users receive the document in their chat history.

The recordings can also be saved and sent locally. So that nobody is recorded unnoticed, Skype expressly indicates the recording with a banner at the beginning of the recording.

The recording of telephone calls is prohibited under German law

As practical as this function can be for conferences and beautiful moments, the recording function can also cause problems - in the wrong hands. The recording of telephone conversations - more precisely the non-publicly spoken word - is prohibited under German law.

Accordingly, it is wise not only to rely on the notification via Skype, but to ask all participants in a conversation for their consent before the recording begins, says Düsseldorf attorney Michael Terhaag. It is twice as clever if you state once again after the start of the recording that all participants agree to it.

The recordings from Skype are not allowed to be published

And while the mere recording of a conversation with the consent of all participants is usually uncritical, this does not apply to the dissemination or publication of the recordings. According to Terhaag, the following applies here: Sending is only OK if the person recorded has been informed about it and agrees to it. Simply forwarding a recording to a third party without being asked is not okay.

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Anyone who does this is seriously violating the person concerned in their personal rights. If there is a dispute about it, there are claims under civil law. That can be the right to omission, here there is a risk of costs for legal services.

In the worst case, the injured party can claim compensation - for example, if very intimate or important business recordings are disseminated. And anger can also be threatened by criminal law, says Terhaag. There is a risk of imprisonment and fines, although in practice fines are usually imposed. (dpa)