A phone conversation that was "overheard" by a suburban Pittsburgh police officer led to the arrest of a 48-year-old woman on suspicion of drug distribution. With such serious charges against the woman and her son, who made the phone call, one question that may be raised at trial is whether the officer was legally entitled to listen in on the conversation.
Internet service providers (ISPs) are the companies that connect us to the Internet. ISPs are able to collect a significant amount of information on their customers, including their IP addresses and browsing history. Some ISPs maintain data on their customers for an extended period of time and others do not. For example, Comcast said in 2006 that is retains customer records for six months.