18 U.S. Code § 3125 - Emergency pen register and trap and trace device installation
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, any investigative or law enforcement officer, specially designated by the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, the Associate Attorney General, any Assistant Attorney General, any acting Assistant Attorney General, or any Deputy Assistant Attorney General, or by the principal prosecuting attorney of any State or subdivision thereof acting pursuant to a statute of that State, who reasonably determines that—
(1) an emergency situation exists that involves—
(D) an ongoing attack on a protected computer (as defined in section 1030) that constitutes a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment greater than one year;
that requires the installation and use of a pen register or a trap and trace device before an order authorizing such installation and use can, with due diligence, be obtained, and
(2) there are grounds upon which an order could be entered under this chapter to authorize such installation and use;
may have installed and use a pen register or trap and trace device if, within forty-eight hours after the installation has occurred, or begins to occur, an order approving the installation or use is issued in accordance with section 3123 of this title.
(b) In the absence of an authorizing order, such use shall immediately terminate when the information sought is obtained, when the application for the order is denied or when forty-eight hours have lapsed since the installation of the pen register or trap and trace device, whichever is earlier.
(c) The knowing installation or use by any investigative or law enforcement officer of a pen register or trap and trace device pursuant to subsection (a) without application for the authorizing order within forty-eight hours of the installation shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
Source(Added Pub. L. 100–690, title VII, § 7092(a)(2),Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4410; amended Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330008(3),Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2142; Pub. L. 104–294, title VI, § 601(f)(5),Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3499; Pub. L. 107–296, title II, § 225(i),Nov. 25, 2002, 116 Stat. 2158.)
2002—Subsec. (a)(1)(C), (D). Pub. L. 107–296added subpars. (C) and (D).
1996—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–294struck out closing quotation mark at end.
1994—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103–322, § 330008(3)(A), (B), substituted “use;” for “use’ ” in par. (2) and directed that matter beginning with “may have installed” and ending with “section 3123 of this title” be realigned so that it is flush to the left margin, which was executed to text containing a period after “section 3123 of this title”, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 103–322, § 330008(3)(C), substituted “provider of” for “provider for”.
Effective Date of 2002 Amendment