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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)

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The monitors are required to check, for example, whether investigators stick to the designated duration of a wiretap.
Finally, the bill decreased the penalty for unauthorized use of wiretaps; making wiretaps easier with lesser penalties would harm defense by making military and industry personnel reluctant to use telephones.(14)
Regarding [sections] 2232(c), the court looked at the plain language of the statute and held that interference with a "possible" wiretap interception pertained to either applications for wiretaps, or wiretaps in progress--not expired wiretaps.(109) Since Judge Aguilar interfered with an expired wiretap, the court reasoned that he could not be convicted of violating [sections] 2232 (c).(110)
The FBI once claimed $300 million to be the maximum cumulative development cost "for a switch-based software solution" to enable phone companies to continue to support wiretaps [6].
The phone company ordered wiretaps as a proprietary venture, gathering and selling information, according to attorney Gene Mesh.
On July 11, Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov made clear that he had ordered the VSS Inspectorate to probe two magistrates in connection with the leaked wiretaps concerning Sitnilski's election as VSS member.
"Wiretaps have been used in all kinds of cases, but it's not the most common method in a white-collar crime case to build evidence," says Wendy Wysong, a white-collar partner at Clifford Chance.
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However, the Justice Department clarified that it and the FBI "do not confirm or deny the existence" of any other records that are responsive to the group's request, which was broader than the alleged wiretaps of Trump Tower.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, (https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/us/politics/kellyanne-conway-obama-microwave-surveillance.html) insisted Monday  there were numerous reports from a "variety of outlets over the last couple months that seemed to indicate that there has been some kind of surveillance that occurred during the 2016 election," but at the same time softening Trump's allegation by explaining Trump didn't think Obama installed the alleged wiretaps personally.