wiretapping
wire·tap·ping /'wīr-ˌta-piŋ/ n: interception of the contents of communication through a secret connection to the telephone line of one whose conversations are to be monitored usu. for purposes of criminal investigation by law enforcement officers
◇ Wiretapping and wiretap evidence are strictly regulated under federal and state laws. An order authorizing wiretapping may be issued only when there is probable cause to believe that a person is committing, has committed, or is about to commit a particular offense, and there must be probable cause to believe that communications relating to such an offense will be obtained. Wiretapping must not be employed when a conversation is privileged, and officers must minimize interception of conversations that are not material to the investigation.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

wiretapping
n.
Using an electronic device to eavesdrop on telephone conversations or other communications; see also eavesdrop, pen register

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


wiretapping
Eavesdropping on private conversations by connecting listening equipment to a telephone line. To be legal, wiretapping must be authorized by a search warrant or court order.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


wiretapping
A form of electronic eavesdropping accomplished by seizing or overhearing communications by means of a concealed recording or listening device connected to the transmission line.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


wiretapping
A form of electronic eavesdropping accomplished by seizing or overhearing communications by means of a concealed recording or listening device connected to the transmission line.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • wiretapping — noun the practice of tapping a telephone line to monitor conversations secretly. Derivatives wiretap noun & verb wiretapper noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • wiretapping — See: wiretap …   English dictionary

  • wiretapping — A form of electronic or mechanical eavesdropping where, upon court order, law enforcement officials surreptitiously listen to phone calls or other conversations or communications of persons. Federal (18 U.S.C.A. No. 2510 et seq.) and similar… …   Black's law dictionary

  • wiretapping — Intercepting a telephone conversation or a telegraph message by tapping the line of communication, that is, connecting a receiving instrument to the line. 29 Am J2d Ev §§ 428 et seq.: 41 Am J1st Priv § 29; 52 Am J1st Teleg & T § 65 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • wiretapping — wireˈtapping noun • • • Main Entry: ↑wire …   Useful english dictionary

  • wiretapping case — criminal case of eavesdropping, case involving charges that someone illegally listened to another person s communications …   English contemporary dictionary

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