The Italian Almanac

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Italian News - March 1

The Italian mobile operator TIM, one of the largest mobile phone companies in Italy has issued a unique warning that the number of wiretaps has reached the limit. In a fax sent to all Italian public prosecutors they say that they have already over-stretched their capacity from 5.000 to 7.000 simultaneously intercepted mobile phones. TIM is now processing new requests on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.

One possible explanation for the explosion of the number of wiretaps in Italy is their short duration. An order is valid for 15 days and can only be extended with a new motivation from a magistrate. Only for investigations into organized crime an intercept can last 40 days. In many other countries, intercepts have a duration of 1 to 3 months.

Vodafone and Wind, two other major mobile phone companies, are also reaching their maximum wiretapping capacity.