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US Courts wiretap report: Smartphones impact, encryption confounds

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    After dropping slightly in the previous year, the number of federal and state wiretaps increased nearly 17% in 2105 over 2014, according to an annual report submitted to Congress by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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    A total of 4,148 wiretaps were reported in 2015 versus 3,554 the previous year. Of those, 1,403 were authorized by federal judges, 10% more than in 2014, and 2,745 were authorized by state judges, an increase of 21%. The report said 4,448 persons had been arrested in wiretap investigations, a 26% increase from 2014. The number of convictions rose 7%, to 590. Federal wiretaps were responsible for 29 %of the arrests, and 19 % of the convictions, according to the report.

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