Industry groups representing most of nation’s telephone companies and several privacy rights groups have petitioned the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Ninth Circuits to overturn the Federal Communications Commission rules on creating new standards for digital wiretaps. The groups claim that the FCC has unlawfully extended the wiretap capabilities of law enforcement beyond what is allowed under a controversial 1994 federal law.

The U.S. Telecom Association (USTA) filed suit on Nov. 9 (U.S. Telecom Assn. v. FCC, D.C. Cir., No. 99-1422) charging that “the FCC broadly expanded the electronic surveillance capabilities that telecommunications carriers must provide,” while the legislation only required that law enforcement maintain their current capabilities. The association filed for an expedited briefing schedule on Nov. 12.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]