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This is a lot. In Australia, for example, 3,488 warrants for wire taps were issued in 2010. In the U.S. 2,732 cases were authorized by federal and state courts in 2011.   

But in Ukraine, this is just the tip of the iceberg. By law, the right to gather information via phone tapping solely belongs to the SBU, and usually requires a warrant granted by a court. However, warrantless wiretapping is allowed in cases when subjects are  investigated by the counter-intelligence department.

Also, human rights activists and alleged victims say the SBU often deceives judges, typically by bundling together different people’s phone numbers in a single request they file to court.

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