It is almost normal to hear the phrase “this call is being recorded” when dealing with agents or call centres via telephone. Call recording ensures regulatory compliance, evaluates agent performance, provides material proof in disputes, and identifies training and development opportunities. It is, however, no longer enough to only record a call – the content of the call also has to be securely stored, and information gathered or discussed during the call has to be protected. This is why call recording systems now add several layers of additional security in the form of encryption to their recording and storage of data. Various laws throughout South Africa, such as the Data Protection Act, Consumer Act, and legislation regarding electronic communications apply to call recording, and compliance with these laws is vital for all organisations. There are also a variety of security standards to adhere to, such as the Electronic Communications and Transactions, Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services and others to ensure that data is recorded, transferred and stored securely.