Wiretapping Rampant, Doubles in Last 10 Years

YERUSHALAYIM -

The number of police wiretappings doubled between 2006 and 2016, according to Israeli media reports on Monday.

The police carried out 2,279 court-approved wiretaps on citizens suspected of various offenses over the course of 2016, according to an official report published Monday on Channel 2.

The leading targets of the buggings were drug offenders. Next on the list were people suspected of possession and use of weapons, followed by white-collar crime, murder, car theft and blackmail.

The scope of government wiretapping is larger than that, however, since the police are not the only agency employing this method of gathering evidence. All the interrogative bodies use court-authorized eavesdropping devices, including the Internal Investigations department, the army police, the Tax Authority and the Securities Exchange.