Communications Assistance for Law
Enforcement Act of 1994 (CALEA)
In October 1994, Congress took action to protect
public safety and national security by enacting CALEA.
The law further defines the existing statutory
obligation of telecommunications carriers to assist
law enforcement in executing electronic surveillance
pursuant to court order or other lawful authorization.
CALEA is codified at
U.S.C. § § 1001-1021
The legislative history of CALEA is provided in
Report No. 103-827, Part I
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