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The importance of consent
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Written by Dan Siroker
Updated over a week ago

What about consent?

Before you record someone you should always ask for their consent. This is especially important with Rewind, since the recording happens on your Mac and other meeting participants won't know they are being recorded unless you inform them. If you'd like, follow these directions to use one of our 'Recording in Rewind' overlays.

How should I ask for consent?

Here is how we recommend you ask for consent:

"This meeting is important to me so I want to make sure I don't forget what we discussed. Is it ok with you if I use Rewind to record and transcribe the meeting? For our privacy, all data is stored securely on my Mac and not in the cloud."

In addition to saying this verbally, we recommend including this message in your calendar invites so people have a chance to think about it ahead of time. Feel free to link to this help center article as well.

What are the laws around consent?

The laws pertaining to recording other people depend on where the people being recorded live. This blog post does a good job explaining the differences for each state.

While the laws differ from state to state, we believe privacy is so important that we recommend users of our product hold themselves accountable to a much higher standard than the bare legal minimum. We believe all users of our product should proactively seek consent from everyone they record even if they are not legally obligated to do so. Not only is this is the safest approach legally, but it is also just the right thing to do.

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