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What: Feds want to eavesdrop on touch tones pressed during phone calls without obtaining a court-authorized wiretap order first.
When: U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in the Eastern District of New York rules on December 16, 2008.
Outcome: Surveillance request rejected.
What happened, according to court records and other documents: Just about everyone knows that the FBI must obtain a formal wiretap order from a judge to listen in on your phone calls legally. But the U.S. Department of Justice believes that … Read more