State Rep. Peter Lucido today testified before the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee in support of his bill allowing parents and guardians to better protect their families by legally allowing them to monitor their minor children’s phone conversations.
Under current law, it is illegal to overhear, record, amplify, or transmit private conversations without the permission of everyone involved, regardless of their age.
Lucido’s bill confirms the right of parents, foster parents and guardians to monitor their children’s phone calls until they turn 18 and are no longer legally responsible for their behavior.
“Parents, foster parents, and guardians must be trusted to do what is in their child’s best interest,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “While that certainly varies based on the child, knowing who their children are talking to should not be illegal.”
Lucido said parents, foster parents, and guardians are and should be responsible for their children and the opportunity to listen to the conversations is a good way to prevent children from serious danger.
In Michigan, it’s legal for a participant in a conversation to record it, but not a third party who is not a part of the conversation.
House Bill 4891 remains under consideration by the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.