State and Federal Wiretapping Decreases in 2008

A recent report releases information on 2008 state and federal wiretapping programs.

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  • 1,891: Number of wiretaps authorized by federal and state courts in 2008
  • 14: Percentage decrease in wiretaps from 2007 to 2008
  • 386: Number of applications by federal authorities for wiretaps in 2008
  • 1,505: Number of applications by state authorities for wiretaps in 2008
  • 41 days: Average operating time for a wiretap
  • 92: Average number of people whose communications were intercepted per wiretap order

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Sources: The Administrative Office of the United States Courts