wiretap definition by Webster's New World
- the act or an instance of wiretapping
- a device used in wiretapping
- wiretapper noun
wiretap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A concealed listening or recording device connected to a communications circuit.
- The act of installing such a device.
- To connect a concealed listening or recording device to.
- To monitor (a telephone line) by means of such a device.
- wireˈtapˌper noun
wiretap - Computer Definition
In historical terms, a temporary physical connection secretly placed on a metallic circuit in order to monitor the information being transmitted across it. In contemporary terms, a wiretap need not be a physical connection on a circuit, but can take many forms, including the interception of a radio signal. In the United States and many other countries, wiretaps are illegal unless authorized by court order, or perhaps the order of a federal agency or of the executive branch of government in times of war or in the interests of national security. See also eavesdrop and Echelon.
wiretap - Legal Definition
- The listening in of any wire or oral communication by use of electronic or mechanical means; generally illegal where both parties to the communication are unaware of the wiretap. Unauthorized use or possession of wiretap devices is prohibited under state and federal law.
- The act of placing an electronic device to listen in on oral communications. See also bugging, and pen register.