In Finland, is it illegal to record a conversation in the working place without the agreement for all people speaking?

I mean, two people are having a conversation in the office and one of them is recording the conversation. The other person does not know anything about it. Is this illegal or legal?

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It depends on who is doing the recording. Chapter 24 of the penal code governs privacy and Section 5 therein outlaws eavesdropping, which includes third-party recording:

(1) A person who unlawfully listens to or records with a technical device

(1)a discussion, talk or other sounds of private life, where these are not in tended for his or her knowledge, and which occur or arise in domestic premises or

(2) in secret in other than in domestic premises, talk that is not intended to his or her knowledge or to the knowledge of third parties in general, where the circumstances are such that the speaker has no reason to believe that a third party is listening

shall be sentenced for eavesdropping to a fine or to imprisonment for at most one year.

Otherwise, there is no requirement for all-party consent.

  • First of all, thank you for your answer. OK, I see. So, there is no legally excused offending if someone that you discuss with, records you without your agreement?
    – Xxxo
    Sep 7, 2016 at 17:00
  • It's permitted to record a conversation that you're party to, and there is no requirement to inform other parties. There could be other specific restrictions such as laws against disseminating certain types of private information, also covered in that chapter.
    – user6726
    Sep 7, 2016 at 17:02
  • I see. Thnx for the clarification!
    – Xxxo
    Sep 7, 2016 at 17:03

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