Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act Law and Legal Definition

The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 is the federal wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping statute.

The act permits federal and state law enforcement officers to use wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping under strict limitations. The act:

a. prohibits the unauthorized, non consensual interception of ‘wire, oral, or electronic communications’ by government agencies as well as private parties;

b. establishes procedures for obtaining warrants to authorize wiretapping by government officials; and

c. regulates the disclosure and use of authorized intercepted communications by investigative and law enforcement officers.

The act prohibits the intentional actual or attempted interception, use, disclosure, or procurement of any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept any wire, oral, or electronic communication.