wiretapping,n. Electronic or mechanical eavesdropping, usu. done by law-enforcement officers under court order, to listen to private conversations. • Wiretapping is regulated by federal and state law. — Often shortened to tap-ping. See BUGGING; EAVESDROPPING. Cf. PEN REGISTER. [Cases: Telecommunications  493–494, 510. C.J.S. Telegraphs, Telephones, Radio, and Television §§ 233–234, 238, 240, 242, 244, 247–249, 253–254, 262–266, 274.] — wiretap,vb. — wiretap,n.
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