(a) It shall not be unlawful under this chapter for an operator of a switchboard, or an officer, employee or agent of any communication common carrier whose facilities are used in the transmission of a wire communication, to intercept, disclose or use that communication in the normal course of his employment while engaged in any activity which is a necessary incident to the rendition of his service or to the protection of the rights or property of the carrier of such communication, provided such communication common carriers shall not utilize service observing or random monitoring except for mechanical or service quality control checks.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 54-41q
- Communication common carrier: means any person engaged as a common carrier for hire in the transmission of communications by wire or radio. See Connecticut General Statutes 54-41a
- Intercept: means the intentional overhearing or recording of a wire communication through the use of any electronic, mechanical or other device or a cell site simulator device. See Connecticut General Statutes 54-41a
- Investigative officer: means (A) any officer of the Connecticut state police, (B) the chief inspector or any inspector in the Division of Criminal Justice who is empowered by law to conduct investigations of or to make arrests for offenses enumerated in this chapter, (C) any municipal police officer who has been duly sworn as a special state police officer under the provisions of §. See Connecticut General Statutes 54-41a
- Wire communication: means any communication made in whole or in part through the use of facilities for the transmission of communications by the aid of telephone or telegraph between the point of origin and the point of reception furnished or operated by any person engaged as a common carrier in providing or operating such facilities for the transmission of intrastate, interstate or foreign communications. See Connecticut General Statutes 54-41a
(b) It shall not be unlawful under this chapter for an officer, employee or agent of any communications common carrier to provide information or facilities to an investigative officer who, pursuant to this chapter, is authorized to intercept a wire communication.