It is unlawful for a person to intercept a wire, landline, oral, telephonic, or wireless communication and to record or possess a recording of such communication unless the person is one of the parties or one of the parties has given prior consent (AR Code Sec. 5-60-120). The law includes exceptions for law enforcement and for officers, employees, or agents of a public telephone utility or company licensed to provide wire or wireless telecommunication.
The operator of a switchboard or an officer, employee, or agent of any public telephone utility or telecommunications provider may intercept, disclose, or use communication in the normal course of employment while engaged in activity necessary to render service or protect the provider’s rights or property. The law does not prohibit or restrict a licensed amateur radio operator or anyone operating a police scanner from intercepting communications for pleasure.