Definition of wiretapping in English:



  • The practice of connecting a listening device to a telephone line to secretly monitor a conversation.

    • ‘Keep in mind that the report covers only wiretapping performed in criminal cases, and does not include wiretapping in national security cases.’
    • ‘The use of so-called secure telephones presents almost no barrier to wiretapping, according to official US government documents.’
    • ‘These tools enable the government to intercept far more information without a warrant - i.e. without probable cause - than traditional telephone wiretapping.’
    • ‘But even more controversial are sections that make subtle changes in the rules for wiretapping, surveillance, e-mail monitoring, financial investigation, and search and seizure.’
    • ‘Until the proposals to change wiretapping and surveillance laws are made more specific, it is difficult to assess how damaging to civil liberties they will be.’
    observation, scrutiny, watch, view, inspection, monitoring, supervision, superintendence
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