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Lawful Intercept

Introduction

The term "lawful intercept" describes the process by which law enforcement agencies conduct electronic surveillance of circuit and packet-mode communications as authorized by judicial or administrative order. Countries throughout the world have adopted legislative and regulatory requirements for providers of public and private communication services (service providers) to design and implement their networks to support authorized electronic surveillance explicitly. International standards organizations have also developed standards to guide service providers and manufacturers in specific lawful intercept capabilities.

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Lawful Intercept Architecture

Learn more about the Lawful Intercept architecture, including the Cisco Service Independent Intercept architecture and PacketCable Lawful Intercept architecture.

Lawful Intercept and Standards Development

Published in 2004 by the IETF, an informational RFC discussing how lawful intercept could be accomplished in service provider IP networks has been influential in the development of subsequent global standards.

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Lawful Intercept Mediation Device Suppliers
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Technology Information

Find information on lawful intercept for Cisco products.

Lawful Intercept FAQ

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Service Bureaus

Find links to service bureaus that can provision lawful intercept services.