Authorized Intercepts of Communication -- Summary: 1980 to 2006

Added By Infochimps

The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 315):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 28 rows and 20 columns.

Data for jurisdictions with statutes authorizing or approving interception of wire or oral communication


  1. Jurisdictions include Federal Government, 44 States and the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.
  2. Based on the number of orders for which intercept devices were installed as reported by the prosecuting official.
  3. Average per authorized installation.
  4. Based on information received from intercepts installed in year shown;
    additional arrests/convictions will occur in subsequent years but are not shown here.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.