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South Carolina

Under South Carolina law, one party can consent to the recording of a wire, electronic or oral communication. S.C. Code Ann. §§ 17-30-20, 17-30-30. It is a felony for a third party to do so. Under the statute, consent is not required for the taping of a non-electronic communication uttered by a person who does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in that communication. S.C. Code Ann. § 17-30-15.

Anyone whose communication has been unlawfully intercepted can recover actual damages in the amount of $500 per day of violation or $25,000, whichever is greater, and also may recover punitive damages, litigation costs, and attorney fees. S.C. Code Ann. § 17-30-135.

Another South Carolina statute makes it a misdemeanor to eavesdrop or be a “Peeping Tom” on the premises of another. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-17-470.


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