The trial court ruled that the wife had waived her right of privacy by engaging in lascivious conversations over the family telephone which had been tapped by her husband, and thus, that the tape-recorded conversations would be admissible in their upcoming divorce trial. We granted the wife's application to appeal.
1. In Ransom v. Ransom, 253 Ga. 656 (324 SE2d 437) (1985)
, we held that such tapes, made in violation of OCGA 16-11-62
were inadmissible in a divorce trial, but did not reach in that case the issue of waiver. The trial court here, relying on the fact that the tapes were made while the husband and wife were still cohabiting before the divorce was filed, held that the wife waived her right to privacy by engaging in conversations concerning an extramarital affair and her intention to marry her paramour after the divorce. We disagree.
There is no exception in the statute for illegal 2
or immoral conversations even if these conversations can be so characterized. Waiver of privacy cannot be based on the content of the conversation, otherwise all criminal conversations would be admissible. Compare OCGA 16-11-64
. Although the wife was using the family telephone, she was doing so with full expectations of privacy, generally while the husband was not at home. 3
"Involvement in a divorce action is not the equivalent of implied consent under [OCGA 16-11-66
] to have one's telephone line tapped." Kendrick v. State, 123 Ga. App. 785
, 789 (182 SE2d 525
2. Related issues as to whether the tape recorded conversations would be admissible for impeachment or other purposes are not before us in this interlocutory appeal. Compare Ransom v. Ransom, supra, 253 Ga. at (3) with the dissent of Justice Gregory in that case at p. 659