pen register


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pen register

n.
A monitoring device that records addressing or routing information, such as phone numbers or network addresses, about outgoing electronic communications from a particular source, but does not record the message contents.

[Probably originally a term from electric telegraphy making reference to the pens or styluses that recorded messages on paper tape in the register, or recording device, of the telegraph.]
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This isn't a one-off where one officer, by mistake, decided to ask for a pen register order," said Stichel, of Astrachan Gunst Thomas PC in Baltimore.
S04914, a bill introduced in the New York Senate in 2015, sought to include "mobile phone surveillance systems" within the New York pen register statute that granted the court to issue orders.
Law enforcement requesting an order to establish a pen register or trap and trace device need only show the information "likely to be obtained.
Tenders are invited for Supply of provisions: Book pen register
34) They then asked the phone company to install a pen register at its central offices to record the numbers dialed from the telephone at his home.
Similarly, both the type and volume of communications records at issue in the metadata cases are fundamentally different from the pen register (132) records at issue in Smith v.
51) Sometimes known as the Pen Register Statute, this portion of ECPA makes it unlawful to install a monitoring device to record telephone numbers unless the government first obtains a court order or the phone company records the numbers for business purposes.
criminal requests: breaking out emergency disclosures, wiretap orders, pen register orders and other court orders.
To perform these "noncontent" intercepts, police generally need to seek court approval for a pen register or trap and trace order, according to CNET.