Wiretapping Woes (Spectrum Online)
By Sandra UpsonTrouble ahead for those wanting to monitor Internet-based calls
The telecommunications world was a much simpler place in 1994, when the U.S. Congress passed a landmark wiretapping law. At the time, the statute was meant to take advantage of the new fact that instead of doing wiretaps the old-fashioned way-by walking into a local phone company office with a warrant and some alligator clips-law enforcement officers now could conduct a wiretap centrally on a carrier’s network by duplicating a phone call digitally and directing the copy to police headquarters.
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