5th Circuit ruling drops restriction on wiretap authorizations

The ruling dropped a restriction on the ability of federal district judges to authorize cell phone wiretaps outside their district

The use of wiretaps on mobile devices and privacy concerns is certainly a controversial matter in the law. A new ruling out of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals drops a restriction on the ability of federal district judges to authorize wiretaps on cellphones outside their district.

On Oct. 24, the federal appeals court issued the new ruling, withdrawing an earlier decision that law enforcement officials, especially the Drug Enforcement Administration, had warned would hinder efforts to tap the cell phones of criminal suspects.

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