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 47 U.S.C. § § 1001-1021 .

The legislative history of CALEA is provided in House Report No. 103-827, Part I .

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Last Updated: February 1, 2011