Wiretaps Up 24 Percent, Driven By Federal-Level Spike

Law360, New York (July 1, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT) -- The number of federal and state wiretaps reported in 2012 increased by nearly a quarter from 2011, according to a report released Friday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, with the majority of new approvals coming at the federal level.

According to the office’s 2012 Wiretap Report, a total of 3,395 wiretaps were reported as authorized last year, up 24 percent from 2,732 in 2011. Of last year’s wiretaps, 1,354 were authorized by federal judges, and 2,041 by state judges. But while the majority...
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