July 4, 2013 10:05 PM

Wiretapping grows and goes mobile

Are cops bugging office and home phones? That is so last century. Today’s law enforcement wiretap is far more likely to be on a “portable device,” most likely a cellphone, according to a new report by federal court administrators. And for the first time, the report noted, U.S. law enforcement has encountered encryption schemes that prevented investigators from understanding the messages they had intercepted.

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