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interception is

[t]he art of searching for and listening to and/or recording communications and/or electronic transmissions for the purpose of obtaining intelligence.[1]
action (based on the law), performed by a network operator/access provider/service provider, of making available certain information and providing that information to a law enforcement monitoring facility.[2]


  1. Operational Terms and Graphics, at 1-103.
  2. ETSI: Telecommunications Security; Lawful Interception (LI); Handover Interface for the Lawful Interception of Telecommunications Traffic, at 13 (2003) (full-text).

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