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wiretap

[′wīr‚tap]
(communications)
A secretly made and concealed connection to a telephone line, office intercommunication line, or other wiring system, for the purpose of monitoring conversations and activities in a room from a remote location without knowledge of the participants, legally or illegally.
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Even Pat Leahy, who sided with Feingold at the Judiciary hearings--saying it made no sense to assert that Congress unwittingly approved wiretaps, as the Administration claims--is noncommittal on censure.
The intermediate Court of Special Appeals upheld the conviction, saying the "protective umbrella" of the Wiretap Act does not apply to the person doing the illicit recording.
What is evident though is that even when wiretap orders are issued for an investigation, there might be many individuals whose privacy would have been violated, to no avail.
Wiretapper exists in system and wiretaps on intermediate nodes.
DeMoss Jr., one of the three judges on the 5th Circuit panel, said "limiting the number of district judges authorized to issue a wiretap warrant reduces the opportunity for the government to use forum manipulation to obtain a warrant that may not be approved elsewhere," DeMoss wrote.
The Rajaratnam case could easily herald the broader use of white-collar wiretaps, and not just in the insider trading arena.
Wiretaps leaked to the press have helped blow the lid on a slew of scandals, including Berlusconi's sexual escapades, and a corruption probe into public works contracts that has tainted his government and forced Industry Minister Claudio Scaiola to resign in May.
Also due to sunset unless Congress acts to make it permanent is the provision allowing for "roving wiretaps" under foreign intelligence authorities.
Stored communications, such as those on Web sites, are not covered by the Wiretap Act.
In essence, the purpose of a FISA order is to gather foreign intelligence information, (7) while the purpose of a Title III wiretap order is to gather evidence for criminal prosecution.