Federal Wiretaps Down Slightly, Encryption Impact Decreases

According to the 2014 Wiretap Report, released today by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts a total of a total of 3,554 wiretaps were reported as authorized, with 1,279 authorized by federal judges and 2,275 authorized by state judges. Compared to the applications approved during 2013, the number approved by federal judges decreased 13% in 2014 and the number approved by state judges increased 8%. One state wiretap application was denied in 2014, the report stated.

The 2014 Wiretap Report is available at http://www.uscourts.gov/statistics-reports/wiretap-report-2014.

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