CALEA Annual Reports
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Wiretap Reports

Each federal and state judge is required to file a written report with the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) on each application for an order authorizing the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication (18 U.S.C. 2519(1)). The AO reports to Congress the number and nature of federal and state applications for orders authorizing or approving the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications. No report to the AO is required for the use of a pen register (a device attached to a telephone line that records or decodes impulses identifying the numbers dialed from that line) unless the pen register is used in conjunction with any wiretap devices whose use must be reported. The report covers intercepts concluded during each calendar year, and provides supplementary information on arrests and convictions resulting from intercepts concluded in prior years.

Last Updated: February 1, 2011