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Electronic Communication

Statutory Law

18 U.S.C. § 2510(12) (Title 18—Chapter 119: Wire and Electronic Communications Interception and Interception of Oral Communications)

As used in this chapter [18 U.S.C. §§ 2510 et seq.]—
   (12) "electronic communication" means any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectronic or photooptical system that affects interstate or foreign commerce, but does not include—
      (A) any wire or oral communication;
      (B) any communication made through a tone-only paging device;
      (C) any communication from a tracking device (as defined in section 3117 of this title [18 U.S.C. § 3117]); or
      (D) electronic funds transfer information stored by a financial institution in a communications system used for the electronic storage and transfer of funds;