Wiretaps and Electronic Surveillance in the Digital Age Term Paper by Nicky

Wiretaps and Electronic Surveillance in the Digital Age
A look at the evolution of wiretaps and electronic surveillance and how they are used today.
# 148362 | 1,664 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper provides a review of the literature to develop a brief history of wiretaps and electronic surveillance and a discussion on the manner in which they have traditionally been used. The paper also explores current and future trends in the application of these technologies.

Review and Discussion

From the Paper:

"Nevertheless, the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure do not stop at an individual's front door nor the entryway to a business and some types of wiretapping and electronic surveillance have been determined by the U.S. Supreme Court to be inappropriate and are disallowed. For example, in the cases of Berger v. New York (388 U.S. 41 and Katz v. United States (389 U.S. 347), both of which were decided in 1967, the Supreme Court held that any electronic surveillance that was lengthy, continuous, or excessively broad was deemed offensive (Berger) and held that wiretapping and other forms of electronic surveillance were subject to the privacy protections of the Fourth Amendment in Katz (Henderson, 2002). As described by Justice Harlan his concurring opinion, American citizens are entitled to Fourth Amendment protection if they exhibit "an actual (subjective) expectation of privacy ... that ... society [could] recognize as 'reasonable'" (quoted in Henderson at p. 180)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Black's law dictionary. (1991). St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Company.
  • Gibbs, W. W. (2009, May). How to steal secrets without a network. Scientific American, 300(5), 58-62.
  • Henderson, N. C. (2002). The Patriot Act's impact on the government's ability to conduct electronic surveillance of ongoing domestic communications. Duke Law Journal, 52(1), 179-180.
  • Nelson, D. (2002). Pursuing privacy in Cold War America. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Wheeland, M. (2009, March 30). Air Force to use fuel cells for surveillance blimp. GreenBiz.com. [Online]. Available: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2009/03/30/usaf- fuel-cell-surveillance-blimp

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APA Format

Wiretaps and Electronic Surveillance in the Digital Age (2011, October 12) Retrieved July 02, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/wiretaps-and-electronic-surveillance-in-the-digital-age-148362/

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"Wiretaps and Electronic Surveillance in the Digital Age" 12 October 2011. Web. 02 July. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/wiretaps-and-electronic-surveillance-in-the-digital-age-148362/>