This data was captured legally, pursuant to various laws, including 18 USC 2511 (2) (a) (i), as amended by the Telecommunications Carrier's Duty Act (also known as the Digital Telephony Bill) of 1994, 25 Oct 1994.
18 USC 2511
(2) (a) (i) It shall not be unlawful under this chapter for an operator of a switchboard, or an officer, employee, or agent of a provider of wire or electronic communication service, whose facilities are used in the transmission of a wire communication, to intercept, disclose, or use that communication in the normal course of his employment while engaged in any activity which is a necessary incident to the rendition of his service or to the protection of the rights or property of the provider of that service, except that a provider of wire communication service to the public shall not utilize service observing or random monitoring except for mechanical or service quality control checks.
The change to this section to explicitly include "electronic" communications was due to:
- S. 2375, "THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER'S DUTY ACT OF 1994"
- HR 4922, "EDWARDS-LEAHY DIGITAL TELEPHONY BILL"
Act Oct. 25, 1994, in para. (2)(a)(i), substituted "used in the transmission of a wire or electronic communication" for "used in the transmission of a wire communication" [...]
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