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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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According to the indictment, via three communications surveillance systems at UBK, from 2008 to 2015, 4,286 telephone numbers were illegally wiretapped based on no issued court warrants whatsoever.
A police officer S., one of the complainants, had said during a hearing in January that he saw his name on the list of wiretapped people that was published in the Star daily one-and-a-half years ago.
We don't have that." Asked to clarify if a wiretapped conversation would be admissible in Philippine court, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said: "It depends on the applicable law where the wiretapped information was obtained.
It will be recalled that presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said foreign governments have aided the country with "wiretapped'' information regarding lawless elements and politicians with illegal drug links.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also told reporters Wednesday that he never gave President Donald Trump any reason to believe he had been wiretapped by the Obama administration during the campaign.
HE-rriyet claimed that 160 people were wiretapped by the ystanbul police after a court decision was taken on the ground that they were members of a terrorist network.
Some ten days ago, Bulgarian media outlets published transcripts of wiretapped conversations from the summer of 2012 concerning the election of VSS members from the prosecutors' quota.
Hosaka, who filed with complaint with the Tokyo District Prosecutors Office, said Tuesday anonymous letters sent to two news organizations in Tokyo claimed police wiretapped the telephone conversation.
Secretary, possession of wiretapped material is also an offense,' Lacson said in reaction to Guevarra's statement.
Panelo: Narco-list info from surveillance, drug surrenderees !-- -- (philstar.com) - March 7, 2019 - 4:26pm MANILA, Philippines Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo saidthat the supposed narco-list is not based on "wiretapped conversation" given by foreign countries, days after he raised thepossibility that law enforcement agencies, "not necessarily" from the Philippines, bugged communications between drug suspects.
The statement was made in response to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo's admission that the administration's evidence against alleged narco politicians were based on wiretapped information supplied by other countries as part of the supposed cooperation in fighting criminality and terrorism.
According to the indictment document, through three systems for communication surveillance at the Security and Counter-Intelligence Administration, from 2008 to 2015, 4,286 telephone numbers were illegally wiretapped without a court warrant, whereas 1,541 telephone numbers were wiretapped before court warrants were issued and after the expire of their validity.