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wiretap

n. using an electronic device to listen in on telephone lines, which is illegal unless allowed by court order based upon a showing by law enforcement of "probable cause" to believe the communications are part of criminal activities. Use of wiretap is also a wrongful act for which the party whose telephones were tapped may sue the party performing the act and/or listening in as an invasion of privacy or for theft of information. A wiretap differs from a "bug" which is a radio device secretly placed in one's premises to listen in on conversations or to tape incoming calls without notice to the caller. The same rules of illegality and tort liability apply to "bugging." (See: probable cause, invasion of privacy)

See: eavesdrop
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VMRO-DPMNE replied with an accusation that it was Zoran Verusevski's grid of agents in cooperation with foreign elements that wiretapped.
However, although the report claims that the wiretappings were illegal, it also refers to court orders approving the wiretappings, which has led to speculation that the report might be a tool for manipulation, similar to the ones conducted by pro-government media earlier this year, which claimed that thousands of people had been wiretapped as part of an effort to water down a serious investigation into a terrorist network.
SDSM leader Zoran Zaev earlier said that at least six foreign embassies were targeted by those who wiretapped.
The Tokyo High Court in 1997 ruled that Kanagawa prefectural police officers wiretapped the home telephone line of senior JCP member in charge of international affairs Yasuo Ogata in 1986.
He also said he and the Interior Ministry had no information that over 20,000 citizens were wiretapped, as the opposition claims, and that those wiretapped were mostly politicians and other public figures.
A news report that appeared in a national newspaper on March 18 suggested that the phone conversations of many public servants had been illegally wiretapped.
According to the media statement of the prosecuting authority, the wiretapped conversations are not the result of authorized use of special surveillance devices.
Zaev's attorney Filip Medarski had earlier provided recordings in evidence that Zaev had been wiretapped for at least four years.
According to the report, police officers affiliated with the "parallel structure" illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of 148,000 people in 30 provinces.
Bulgarian caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov does not believe that he and his recently appointed Cabinet have been wiretapped.
BDI is not going to press criminal charges against any institution for wiretapping, because, they said, people are also being wiretapped in more advanced democracies than Macedonia.
They denied the claims that some individuals, including state officials, had been illegally wiretapped by the police officers, stating that all the individuals had been legally wiretapped as ordered by the court.