Let's say I'm inside a U.S. government building, which houses a government agency, and I'm speaking with an employee (or agent) of that government agency.
If I directly ask them whether they are recording our conversation, and I ask them whether such recordings contain video, audio, or both ... are they legally required to tell me whether they are recording?
Would this be regulated by federal law, or state law?
It is my understanding that all recordings, including surveillance recordings, obtained by the government on public property (e.g. government property) are public records, unless the government can provide a good reason why publishing such records would pose a credible threat to public safety and security, etc.
Therefore, if you ask the government for a recording of a conversation you participated in, the government is generally required to provide a copy of the recording to you.
However, could government agencies realistically try to get around this requirement, by refusing to tell people what types of recordings they have or don't have?
After all, if you can't prove the government actually possesses a particular recording, you can't hold the government accountable for meeting this requirement.