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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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However, this scattered opposition has not coalesced in any sort of organized campaign in defense of privacy, and even some of those who were targeted have failed to speak out to criticize the wiretaps, arguing there are more pressing issues such as the political process and the conditions of detainees and university students.
Hochman stated: "To obtain a valid wiretap, the government has to surmount the highest hurdles to get court permission for this very intrusive invasion into a citizen's privacy.
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Such an approach might even, paradoxically, make such secret courts, notorious for almost never rejecting wiretap applications, less inclined to defer to intelligence agencies, since instead of being asked whether they are prepared to give terror hunters the benefit of the doubt, judges will already know some of the contents of the communications for which they're being asked to authorize the release of identifying data.
The Administration's legal justifications--that Congress unwittingly approved domestic wiretapping in its 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force after 9/11, and that the commander in chief has the inherent authority to wiretap without court approval--are absurd.
The Court held that the government does not have unlimited power to conduct national security wiretaps for domestic security matters, and that prior judicial authorization is needed before using wiretaps for national security purposes.
Japan's largest cellular phone services provider, has decided not to send employees to monitor police wiretaps, citing the cost and stress on workers, company sources said
Nortel Networks Inc has agreed to waive licensing fees for certain software when that software is used to assist law enforcement agencies in conducting wiretaps, according to Associated Press.
An investigation may contain several wiretaps including both existing and expired wiretaps.