According to a new report from ITHome, Apple are bringing phone call and FaceTime recording to iOS 14.
ITHome says that this leaks comes from a group of Jailbreakers that obtained a leaked internal iOS 14 image, and it contained a setting that will allows users to record their conversations through either regular phone calls or through FaceTime Audio. You can see a screenshot of the toggle and the description below:
Based on the text above the toggle, it would appear that Apple will not be notifying the person receiving/making the call the they are being recorded. The description makes it clear that it is the caller’s job to ensure that the person is aware they are being recorded. The text also clarifies that all incoming and outgoing calls will be recorded, should the toggle be enabled.
It is unknown how Apple will avoid legal issues surrounding this feature. For example, in the UK, it is legal to record a phone call for yourself, but you not allowed to share that phone call to any third parties without the consent of the person recorded. In Australia, it is legal to record a phone call, but the other caller(s) must be told they are being recorded.
Apple could restrict this feature to the US for the moment, and as the feature varies/changes for different jurisdictions, the feature would become available in more countries around the world. This is only speculation.
Apple is expected to announce iOS 14 at WWDC 2020, which is taking place on June 22nd. Alongside iOS 14, Apple is excepted to announce watchOS 7, tvOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS 10.16.