Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Wire-tapping Definition:

An electronic surveillance device which secretly listens in and records conversations held over a phone line.

Related Terms: Eavesdroppers, Pen Register, Electronic Monitoring

May also be known or referrred to as electronic surveillance.

It is usually only allowed with the permission of a judge and if it can be shown to be necessary for the solving of a serious crime.

Without proper authority for this serious intrusion into someone's privacy, wire-tapping may be in itself a crime.

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