Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Rules on Eavesdropping

I also found this article on the New York Times Online website. I was completely unaware of this, but apparently governmental eavesdropping without court warrants is legal. In this situation, the eavesdropping is now being put under court supervision. But by making the eavesdroppers accountable to the court, American's privacy is supposed to be further protected than before.

Here are my questions:
When did this law about legal eavesdropping come about?
Were there not already privacy laws in place that would have put eavesdropping laws in violation of those laws?
Should Americans feel more protected now that these Senators are moving to put eavesdroppers at the mercy of the court?

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Blogger Richelle said...

That's really surprising to me too. I know there are restrictions as far as eavesdropping on the part of law enforcement officers and evidence admissible in court. They also have to obtain permission and have reason for eavesdropping on the individual(s) in question. It seems that if restrictions apply to law enforcement in building their cases, the same should apply to regular people who eavesdrop for their own entertainment.

Can anyone think of any reasons why the government currently has no regulation on eavesdropping? The only think I can think of is that they do it to spy on specific individuals.

10:02 AM  

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