McCann Total Security Solutions Publishes Digital and Privacy Guide: An Overview of all 50 States

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This guide identifies and explains the legal regulations and implications of covert technical surveillance of private parties (eavesdropping) with regard to criminal and civil laws in each of the 50 states. The guide highlights the laws at federal and state levels, and analyzes the legal environment on a state-by-state basis.

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Despite federal wiretapping laws, illegal eavesdropping still occurs especially in situations where there are significant financial discussions such as board meetings or high-profile divorces.

McCann Total Security Solutions, a McCann Investigations company that provides full service cyber and physical security services has published a guide to digital and privacy laws on a state-by-state basis. Eavesdropping is a complex legal and technological topic with legal implications ranging from human rights violations to economic or safety implications. Laws and statutes often cannot keep up with the ever-evolving technological landscape. However, amendments to the eavesdropping laws over the last two decades have attempted to address current technical surveillance capabilities with various degrees of success.

“Our TSCM (technical security counter measures) also known as ‘bug sweeps’ look for physical listening devices which are easy to deploy and difficult to detect.” Says Daniel Weiss, Managing Partner at McCann Total Security Solutions. “Despite federal wiretapping laws, illegal eavesdropping still occurs especially in situations where there are significant financial discussions such as board meetings or high-profile divorces.” Continued Weiss.

Eavesdropping encompasses a wide range of activities that can often be difficult to define. Covert technical surveillance measures can be used to listen to private conversations, track a person or vehicle, or track and log the use of computers and mobile devices. From a legal standpoint, these activities are sometimes addressed separately, some as wiretapping or eavesdropping (recording and interceptions), some as intrusions or invasion of privacy (tracking, video surveillance) or cyber crimes (accessing private or personal data from a computer or mobile device). As actions, wiretapping and eavesdropping are generally targeting information, while video surveillance and GPS tracking are primarily targeting actions and individuals.

McCann’s Digital and Privacy Guide presents an overview of the legal impact of eavesdropping in the United States on a state-by-state basis. It is based on the current legal provisions at both federal and state levels, which are clearly cited and referenced in each section. However, the legal framework of a state is comprised of additional elements, such as constitutional right or statements, precedent cases and other court decisions, preemption clauses, inclusive clauses, or additional rules, which the paper does not address.

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Since 1983, McCann Total Security Solutions has used state-of-the-art video sensors not only for traditional integrated security systems but for covert applications as well. These IP-based systems allow for remote access, in addition to working with other security systems, such as access control and intrusion detection.

McCann Total Security Solutions, a McCann Investigations Company, provides clients with unique solutions that encompass integrated security systems to protect assets and employees.

As a McCann Investigations Company, McCann Total Security also provides professional investigation services performed by personnel with decades of experience in law enforcement, physical and IT security. All McCann Total Security Systems are scalable and customizable to meet any security application, whether it is physical or network security.

McCann Investigations is a fully licensed Private Investigations firm with offices in Texas (TX License C15690), New York (NY License 11000120404) and New Jersey (NJ License 5271).

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